There’s a story in the Bible in Mark 2:1‑12 about four men who brought their paralytic friend to Jesus to be healed. So many people were gathered to listen to Jesus teach that the men could not get their friend into the house where Jesus was. Even though the doors were blocked and the crowd was in the way, it didn’t stop them from getting the man to Jesus. In fact, they went to the roof.
These men not only took time to bring their friend to Jesus but now they were digging a hole in the roof to lower him down right to Jesus. Can you imagine?
What did Jesus do when he saw the friends’ faith? He met the man’s immediate need for forgiveness and then he healed his body.
Many of us have friends who we care so much about, and right now they are in a desperate situation and need God to answer. When those we love are hurting, we hurt too. The Bible tells us to carry one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2). Share in the joys and the struggles.
This story reminds us how to care for one another. It’s a beautiful story of real friendship! The four friends let nothing stop them; nothing got in the way of their friend encountering Jesus! We need to “wreck the roof” for our friends and bring them to Jesus too. He is our Healer! We need to pray for them and not give up praying.
In a time when I was “paralyzed” by heartbreak—when I had to face the realities of being a single mom, look for a place to live (other than my van), find a job, mend little hearts, and cry my own tears—I had loving, fierce friends who prayed for me. Not just a one-time prayer to God, but really seeking God with hold-the-phone, stop-the-car, wait-a-minute kind of prayers! These friends prayed as the Lord led them and never gave up doing so, just like the friends in the Bible. It was powerful, and I felt those prayers! God was faithful. God answered, and I saw miracles begin to happen. I had friends through both the grit and grace of life.
We can find real, undistracted time to pray for that friend or that family member that is in such need of something only God can do. When you can’t do it on your own and you need God, gather those friends to pray with you. There is strength in numbers. We can ask, seek, and knock (Matthew 7:7). God rewards those who earnestly seek him (Hebrews 11:6).
I believe God is so good. He wants to show us His goodness. His promises are for us. The Lord loves us personally and cares about all the details in our life, both great and small.
There was a church sign I just so happened to pass by today that read, “The best gift to share is prayer.” When life seems to paralyze those around you, wreck the roof. James 5:16 says, “The prayers of a righteous man are powerful and effective.” I challenge you to be that kind of a friend today! How amazing to know God and experience Him every day as we pray!
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