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Our World and Sickness | DAY TWENTY-THREE

SCRIPTURE READING

“They came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (the son of Timaeus), a blind beggar, was sitting by the road. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many warned him to keep quiet, but he was crying out all the more, “Have mercy on me, Son of David!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man and said to him, “Have courage! Get up; he’s calling for you.” He threw off his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus. Then Jesus answered him, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Rabboni,” the blind man said to him, “I want to see.” Jesus said to him, “Go, your faith has saved you.” Immediately he could see and began to follow Jesus on the road.”

Mark 10:46-52 CSB

 

THINKING FURTHER

THOUGHTS:
One of the hardest realities to deal with in our world is the universality of sickness. From birth our bodies are at war with the very world around us. And when we are sick, we all want to know why, and we all want to be healed. But even as sin brought death and decay into our world, God has a plan for healing and for the restoration of our bodies. Because of Jesus, even death itself cannot hold us, for with Christ, “we walk in the newness of life,” (Romans 6:4) for God’s glory!

Prayer Focus:
Let us pray for all those throughout the world suffering from sickness in body and soul. Mercy! Let us cry out the prayer of the blind beggar, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”. Let us pray that God might likewise strengthen the faith of all that love him.