Monday, March 11, 2013

Prayer is one big "ONLY!"

Carter Conlon, pastor of Times Square Church, wrote a message entitled, "Why is God's Strength Make Perfect in our Weakness?"  In it, he said, "'. . .And his train filled the temple...' (Isaiah 6:1). What an incredible picture, especially in light of the story in Matthew 9:20-21: 'And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: for she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.' This woman had to press through the crowd to get to Jesus, but when she finally touched the hem of His garment, immediately she was healed.

"At that time His garment was only on one physical body, the man Jesus Christ. To touch it, you would have to travel miles and press through crowds. However, Isaiah said that the hem of His garment filled the temple. In other words, there was nowhere in the temple where you couldn't touch Him and be healed!

"Consider now how you and I are the temple of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament church. The presence of Christ is within us, and what Isaiah saw is now a reality in the actual body of a New Testament believer--the hem of His garment fills the temple! That means there is no area of your mind, your body, your past, present of future that God can't touch. In other words, the healing of Jesus is in every part of you!"

Yesterday, Pastor McGlamery preached that this woman with the issue of blood ONLY had the hem of Jesus' garment, and that we ONLY have prayer!!  What an "only!"  If I "only" pray for my lost loved one, in the hands of Jesus it is more than enough!!  His train fills the temple!!! 

I am praying today that Christians around my lost loved one will bless him/her and show the love of Christ in some way that would be obvious to him/her.  You can borrow this prayer for your lost loved one, too!! 

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