4 Friends & The Paralytic
The Luke 5 story of the four men who carry their paralytic friend to the feet of Jesus vividly demonstrates the adventure that prayer is intended to be – especially in community!
Prayer ministry is not a program or formula; it is a gathering into the presence of God with an attitude of receptivity and joyful expectation that He will meet us there, to do what He is always doing– speaking love, freedom, healing and restoration!
Visitors to Hidden Manna Ministry are often surprised at how powerful and transformational their experience with God can be. A simple invitation to listening worship and prayer opens doors to healing, wholeness, freedom and fresh direction for the journey.
Why don’t we have this kind of ministry in all of our churches, they ask. What can we do to replicate this ministry elsewhere in the body of Christ?
Actually, what we do at Hidden Manna is pretty simple. Like the four friends bringing their crippled companion to the feet of Jesus, we don’t do the healing, nor do we always know the healing that will be done. We simply provide a safe and sacred space for others to experience the presence of God. We listen to them and with them for what God is speaking into their lives. We pray according to what we hear. The healing follows.
Jesus’ presence heals. Luke 5:17 says of the place where Jesus was teaching, “The power was present for healing.” Where Jesus is, the power for healing is always present, whether spiritual, emotional, relational or physical.
Religious forms and structures often get in the way of what Jesus wants to do. Are we willing to bypass religious frameworks to meet the real needs of our brothers and sisters who are hurting? Are we willing to step out in confidence on their behalf, to bring them to the feet of Jesus with faith that the paralytic cannot have for himself?
Jesus was deeply moved by the faith of those who brought the paralytic. When Jesus saw their faith–the faith of the four looking down through the rafters– he said to the man suffering at His feet, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
“If two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven,” Jesus promises. “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”
The presence of God surrounds the people of God when we gather in His name. And when we ask in accordance with that name and in unity with one another, the Father answers.
How does your heart respond to the prospect of being a faith-filled friend to someone who is struggling?
Is God inviting you to be available to reach out to someone who is in need?
Do you have a prayer partner or a few friends in faith who might join you in the adventure of praying for the felt needs in your community?