February 10, 2010

Ask For Help

Written by Boyd Bailey

Ask For Help… “When Jesus had entered Capernaum a centurion came to him, asking for help.” Matthew 8:5

Do you ask for help, or does fear keep you from getting involved? Who do you know in your network of relationships that needs your intervention and intercession? Perhaps there is a person in financial straits and you are in a position to give them an anonymous gift, or introduce them to a job opportunity. The hurting live all around us. They need help.

“But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs” (Philippians 2:25).

Be bold in your requests for those who do not have a platform for their pain. Maybe this means you stand in the gap for a people devastated by a natural disaster. You can serve them in the power of Jesus, with the compassion of Jesus, for the gospel of Jesus. You know Jesus is their greatest source of strength and forgiveness, so do not be stingy with His grace and good deeds. The needy need Christians who care with words and works.

“I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none” (Ezekiel 22:30).

Furthermore, you can solicit your Savior to heal the hurting and to save their souls. Your Heavenly Father listens and responds to an affectionate appeal from His children. When you address the Lord in prayer, on behalf of those who struggle in sin and sickness, you make a difference. Your heart felt petitions engage in eternal resources that come to their rescue. So stay faithful asking heaven to help with matters on earth. He cares to cure!

It takes time to be an advocate for another, but your valuable time is a gift from God. Steward it well by seeking each day to serve your colleagues, friends, family, enemies and strangers. Your Master gives you margin in your calendar not for the frivolous, but for faith issues. Leverage your stuff for your Savior Jesus, so others can be blessed. Because we know Him, we can make Him known, by asking Him to heal the hurting.

“And the LORD heard Hezekiah and healed the people” (2 Chronicles 30:20).

For whom do I need to intercede to the Lord on their behalf? For whom do I need to be an advocate?

Related Readings: Psalm 147:3; Isaiah 19:22; Acts 20:35; 1 Thessalonians 5:14

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