“And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed; they were trying to bring him in and set [him] in his presence. But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles into the middle in front of Jesus. When he saw their faith, he said, ‘As for you, your sins are forgiven… But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’ … “He said to the man who was paralyzed, ‘I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.’ He stood up immediately before them, picked up what he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying God.”- Luke 5:18-26.
Wow! In this passage, a group of friends trusted so completely in the healing power of Jesus, that they literally ripped open a roof in order to ask Jesus to heal their friend. They were bold in a situation in which, if Jesus had not come through, they would have made fools of themselves. They took a leap of faith in trusting all situations to the Lord, and Jesus did not let them down.
Hi friends, and happy February! This is Sarah from Team Four here. Our team is currently en route to the Diocese of Atlanta and are looking forward to enjoying some warmer weather (We have been in the cold Chicago area!).
Being missionaries, all eleven of us have chosen to freely dedicate ourselves to the Lord in a radical way this year, and we are doing just that: living out of a suitcase and staying in a different house almost every night. But, over these past months on NET, I have been shown that we are all called to dedicate our hearts to the Lord as well. We need to abandon our every need to the Lord, trusting so completely in God’s power, knowing that he will not let us down when we rely on him.
My team has had the blessing to be able to grow in praying with expectant faith and boldness through praying with our host families. One example in particular comes to mind. Our team was in Chattanooga, Tennessee and we were exhausted. We had just finished our first month on the road and it had gotten to the point where the fuzzy feelings of ministry and team life were fading. We had had really late nights with our previous host families and we were secretly hoping that we would be able to go to bed sooner. But, as we all know, God has a sense of humor.
That night our whole team got to have dinner together with two of our host homes. Towards the end of the evening we started to chat about NET and what we do on retreats. We decided to perform a funny skit for them, and then it snowballed from there. We performed a couple of dramas (more serious skits), and afterwards our host families started tearing up, so we offered to pray with them. We pushed our chairs and couches together in the living room to pray in a circle. We asked what they would like prayers for, and one of our host parents said that he needed prayers for his shoulder because he was in extreme pain and was going to have surgery in a few months if it did not get better. We prayed over him and all of our host families and at the end of it they thanked us and gave us hugs.
We left those host families and continued on doing ministry in other states. At the end of the semester, we got a text message from that host family that said that our host dad ended up cancelling his surgery because the pain in his shoulder had ceased. We hadn’t heard from them since we had been in Tennessee and it was such a joyful reminder of why we do what we do.
Asking the Lord to physically heal someone is considered a “bold” move in the eyes of the world. What if God does not come through? Will we be made fun of? That experience showed me personally that when we take a step of faith and pray boldly, God will answer us in His will.