CARRYING FRIENDS TO THE THRONE OF GRACE

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What do you do when illness or tragedy or troubles or anxiety or difficulties strike someone you know? It could be a friend, or family member, or even a person you hear about! Let me tell you a story about a man with a debilitating illness and how his friends helped him in a time of his great need…  

What can we do? How can we help?

I’ve been studying the book of Mark this summer. One of my favorite stories begins in chapter 2! I think it has lots of say to us during these unusual and hard days.

This story struck me deep in my heart when I first read it years ago and to this day it is still on my mind.

Our story takes place in Capernaum, a town right on the seashore of the Sea of Galilee.

This little fishing town was the home base of Jesus during his three-year public ministry.  

Jesus, by the time of this story, had reached rock star status in all of Israel and the surrounding areas for his healing and teaching.

On one particular day, he was at the home of Peter and a great, huge crowd gathered. Jesus was inside “speaking the word”.   

While Jesus was preaching four men came to the house bringing their paralyzed friend on a pallet. They had heard that Jesus was able to heal people.

Upon arriving at the house they couldn’t get close to the door because of the great crowds that came to hear Jesus. What happened next was astonishing!  

Those four men were not deterred by the crowds.  

Listen to what they did…  

AND BEING UNABLE TO GET TO HIM (JESUS) BECAUSE OF THE CROWD, THEY REMOVED THE ROOF ABOVE HIM; AND WHEN THEY HAD DUG AN OPENING, THEY LET DOWN THE PALLET ON  WHICH THE PARALYTIC WAS LYING. MARK 2:4    

Can you just see it?  Can you see these men scrambling up onto the flat roof of this ancient, seaside home?

The roof was probably made of a cross-section of rough timber beams covered with a thick coating of mud plaster. Grass would actually grow on the top of the roof. The rooves were sturdy enough for people to sleep on then and also worship there.  

I wonder if Jesus and the multitudes inside could hear all the commotion above as the men dissembled the roof?

As the men ripped off the grass and dug the dried mud with their hands to make an opening large enough for a man and his pallet to be lowered through it did much of the debris fall on Jesus and the people inside?  

What was the reaction of the all the people?

I love to think of bible stories and their real-life details!   

Because of the tenacious action of the four men, the paralytic had his audience with Jesus and was healed! And because of the healing, the once paralyzed man walked away praising God! What an amazing story!  

But here is what touches me so deeply…

These men carried their friend in need to the only One who could do something about his condition. They brought their paralyzed friend to Jesus.  

Every time we pray for someone… a friend, a precious family member, or just someone in need, we hear about we are carrying them to the feet of Jesus.

Can relate to the men who dug through that mud roof to get to Jesus. They must have cared for the paralytic and they would not let a crowded, blocked door stand in their way!

It is a privilege to carry someone, by intercessory prayer, to the Throne of Grace!  

Hebrews 4: 14-16 says…  

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son Of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 

LET US THEREFORE, COME BOLDLY TO THE THRONE OF OUR GRACIOUS GOD THAT WE MAY FIND MERCY AND GRACE IN OUR TIME OF NEED.

What the men in our story did for their parlayed friend was very bold!  

And James 5:16 says…  

Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayers of a righteous man can accomplish much.  

Talking to God about others in need is the biggest and the best thing we can do for them!

Pray and continue to pray.

Visually see yourself on top of that roof, digging away the mud so you can lower your friend, or family member or someone in need carefully down to lovingly place them at the feet of Jesus! And keep doing it!   

Don’t give up!!!

What if the friends of the paralyzed man stopped taking him to Jesus because they could not get near the door? The man would have never been healed!

They would let nothing stop them! Not the crowds, not the roof, nothing!  

Don’t underestimate the power of prayer! Don’t underestimate that your prayer and the faith you have in the ONE you are praying to can literally move mountains!

Believe in God! Believe in Jesus, the Healer, the Son of God, and His miracle ability! Look for His nail-pierced hands to move in the situation you are praying about. Expect miracles!!!

It may not be the miracle you want, but He is faithful to answer prayer in His perfect way!

Trust God! Trust Him!  

Who are you bringing to Jesus on a pallet today?    

Scripture to remember…

LET US THEREFORE, COME BOLDLY TO THE THRONE OF OUR GRACIOUS GOD THAT WE MAY FIND MERCY AND GRACE IN OUR TIME OF NEED.

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10 Comments

  1. “It may not be the miracle you want, but He is faithful to answer prayer in His perfect way!

    Just reading this line, we are certain He will always be in charge of us and those we pray for.

    I send a huge hug from Spain once again. Thanks for today’s post.
    All my LOVE for you and yours and everybody in this blog.

  2. You post this morning really hit home. I am praying daily for a number of friends either recently widowed or suffering from various illnesses. My time for prayer is in the middle of the night when all is quiet.
    I needed the reinforcement of your words to know that all is not in vain.
    Thank you, Yvonne.

  3. Yvonne,

    Today’s message is so appreciated and I know the Lord is reaching out through you in sending this out today. My 39 year old niece has recently been diagnosed with stage 4 cervical cancer. Everyone is praying and I send something daily to her to keep her spirits up. This is beautiful thank you.

  4. Thank you for so boldly always lifting up our Lord, Jesus Christ. Your Sunday messages are always beautiful and spot on. I enjoy your blog so much and respect you so much for always sharing your faith. Blessings to you always!!?

  5. Yvonne, For the past year I have been participating in the ” world Prayer Team” of 10,000 strong from Thru The Bible program. Each day I receive an email that identifies a location in the world and sharing a testimony from a person in that area. Our blessing is to pray for the people of that area that they can receive an opportunity to hear or read the Bible and respond with accepting God’s grace of salvation.
    Lately I have been feeling a bit detached. Your lesson today has brought back the fire I need to give these children of God my best.
    Thank you!
    Glenda

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