Thursday, January 13, 2022

Matthew 17 Devotions by Stephen Taylor

Matthew 17:14,15

When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before Him. "Lord, have mercy on my son," he said. "He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water."

Are we humbly interceding for those around us who are suffering or under attack? This man came to Jesus for his son's healing and deliverance. He didn't come for his own good but for the good of someone around him. He didn't care who was around or who might see but had one concern: the healing, safety, and deliverance of someone he loved. He kneels before the King in front of the crowd with no regard to how it might look but with determination and desperation in his heart. He knows that Christ is the only One who can save his boy, and he approaches Christ in a beautiful way, kneeling at His feet!

Can we say the same? Are we interceding for those who may not be aware of where to go or able to do it themselves? A loved one? A cherished co-worker? That guy down the block you can't stand? As disciples of Christ, we are called to not only do this for those we are the closest to but also for those we want to be the furthest from.

Many of us would be willing to bow before Jesus for those we love, but how about for those we try to avoid? What would happen if Christ avoided those who were annoying, aggravating, or lived contrary to His truths? I don't think Heaven would have as many people, and I for sure wouldn't be here talking with you about this today! Help us, Lord, to be found at your feet, both for our families and our foes!

Matthew 17:18- Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.

Matthew 5:43-45- "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in Heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous."

God bless! I love you all, but His love set this captive free! Glory, honor, and praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ our King, and the Holy Spirit!




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