Thanks for joining us on this journey of building a consistent habit of reading our Bibles every day. The Bible reading plan we are using this year can be found here: One Year Bible or here on the Bible app. As always, if you miss a day, don’t feel compelled to go back and catch up. Just skip it and start back on today’s date. I am reading the NLT this year, but feel free to use whatever version you prefer. Now here are some thoughts from today’s readings:
One day while Jesus was teaching, some Pharisees and teachers of religious law were sitting nearby. (It seemed that these men showed up from every village in all Galilee and Judea, as well as from Jerusalem.) And the Lord’s healing power was strongly with Jesus.
– Luke 5:17
The healing power was strongly with Jesus? What does that mean? One version of the Bible puts it this way: “and the power of the Lord was present for Him to perform healing.” This makes it sound like the power of the Lord was not always present to heal in the life of Jesus. That’s mind boggling, isn’t it? That would lead us to believe that Jesus couldn’t heal everyone all the time, but only when the power of the Lord was present to heal. It definitely shows us that there are some atmospheres that are more conducive to God moving in a supernatural way.
That takes some of the pressure off of us thinking we have to be supernatural all the time. But, in turn, it puts a new pressure on us. If we can only walk in the miraculous when His power is present, we can’t afford to miss those moments! And even crazier, what causes the power of the Lord to be present to heal? Are we displaying the hunger for God in prayer that Jesus did in this passage? Maybe that’s the key. The power to heal seems to always be present in Jesus’ life when His prayer time meets someone else’s faith. So, if we are not consistently in prayer, we may miss out when their is faith for the miraculous. Others may miss out, too!
What can you do to be ready when God wants to use you?