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Today, we’re delving into the story of the woman with the issue of blood, uncovering the power of focused prayers and the life-changing act of pressing into God’s promises. Join me in a quick dive into Mark 5:25-34. Let’s get started!
1 Peter 1:5
Naming Your Problem
In the realm of prayer, it’s common for many to approach it in a shotgun style, tossing out various requests without true concentration. However, to truly encourage one’s prayer life, it becomes pivotal to center one’s focus on a specific request or two. This isn’t to dismiss other concerns, but rather, it emphasizes a dedicated focus on those select few until God moves and things turn around. Persistently knock until Jesus opens the door, and continue to ask until He responds. Remember, God rewards those who diligently seek Him.
Talking to Jesus
There’s a common misconception among a lot of individuals that their porblems, hurts, and wounds, aren’t significant or severe enough to warrant prayer. They feel that countless others face more critical needs, and, as a result, they hesitate to pray for themselves. But the Bible says, “Ye have not because ye ask not.“
Real change doesn’t happen until one acknowledges their need, gives it a name, and earnestly brings it before Jesus. He loves us and wants to move for us and help us. So, let Him know what you need. “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
You Must First Hear
There was woman named Rahab, a harlot in Jericho who helped two spies from Israel escape her land. Despite being from a people who did not know God, she heard stories of all the incredible things God had done for the Israelites. That stirred fear in her and her people. (Joshua 2:10) When she heard of thei almighty God, she had no doubt that He would move for the Israelites once again.
Our goal is to tell people of a mighty God that will move on their behalf, and save them from their enemy. “How shall they hear without a preacher?“
We Are His Hands and Feet
When the woman with the issue of blood touched Jesus’ garment – it wasn’t the fabric that held the healing power, but Jesus Himself. Our clothes are what we live in. That garment represents us because Jesus lives in us.
Consider this: We are Jesus’ arms extended to reach this generation. We are His voice resonating in the ears of those who need a Savior. We are His feet walking to spread the Gospel far and wide.
We are the tangible expression of God’s love and message.
You Have to Get Up
It’s alright to embrace a moment of tears, but there comes a time where you you have to get up and keep walking. Revisit the Bible, engage in prayer, and rememebr all the accounts of God’s actions in the lives of the people throughout history. (Ps 34:19)
The woman with the issue of blood gave us a call to action when she pushed through the press of the crowd. A lot of the times, just quoting a Scritpure or revelation is not going to get a person their promise. A person has to press into what God has in store. It’s about making a conscious decision to move forward, to press into the next level, much like the precious woman did in her pursuit of healing.
Change Your Words
Negativity is so damaging. Saying things like, “I’ll always be down, I’ll never stop struggling with this thing. I’ll always get hurt.” is not going to help a situation. Our fear and self pity does not move God. What does move Him is our faith in Him.
Build your confidence in God by talking about all His goodness and mercy. Let’s proclaim His faithfulness to us and recall His Words and promises. The devil knows he is losing when he catches you resting your mind in the Word of God. It’s easy to get caught up in the turmoil, but God has peace for you. God has healing, life, and goodness for you.
Jesus loves you. Take a step back, look at your problem, focus on it, name it, and take it to Jesus. He will provide anything and everything you will ever need. You are held in His arms, and if God be for you, then who can be against you?
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Pastor Anthony Wynn
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