I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.” (Luke 22:32)
Near the end of his time on earth the Son enjoyed one final meal with his mates. After feasting on bread and sipping some fine wine, he turned ter Old Pete and declared, “I’m praying for you.”
Imagine that: the Son of Skipper, the feller through whom ever’ thing whar made, prayed fer his mates. Now it be a right fair thing ter get folks ter pray fer ya, but ter know that Skipper’s boy also be petitioning his pop on yer behalf, why that be a right fine deal indeed.
These days the Son’s Spirit prays fer us.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. (Romans 8:26-27)
In the same way Jesus prayed in the Garden fer his mates moments befer he whar arrested, these days his Spirit prays fer his mates with intense groaning we kin not hear.
Not sure if anyone cares ’bout yer circumstances? The Son does. His Spirit does. Ask him ter pray fer ya. A feller who has the ear of Skipper ‘ill get results, ya may lay ter that.
As the Son whar on his way up ter Jericho a feller called out fer healing. In reply the Son shouted back, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Luke 18:41-43)
Once the chap hollered his bold request, the Son replied, “Receive what you have asked for. Your faith has healed you.”
Immediately the feller received his request.
Now if ya know the details of this story ya ‘ill recall the feller whar blind and asked ter see. But his request could ‘ave been any sort of affliction, not simply blindness. The important thing ter keep in mind is that, though blind, the feller seen a vision of himself being healed by the Son: seen it, he did, and believed the Son could do it.
What do ya need?
In our needs be the seeds of the provision we seek. Our needs expose barren areas in our lives and whar thar be a barren plot, ya kin bet that tilling, sowing, and tending ‘ill produce a crop if only we ‘ill not give up. (Matthew 7:7–8)
Some seeds shoot up quick like. Other seed takes more time. In either case, we kin not let our natural eyes blind us the vision of the crop that’ll come. When a farmer shows up each day plucking weeds, watering, running off pests, nourishing the soil, he shows that he has faith in the seed he buried.
Think on this a wee little bit: the Son be our buried seed. Fer three days he whar in the dirt, dead. But at the start of day three he sprung forth from that soil. And once the seed of the Son come forth as the first fruits of new life, he sowed the seed of his Father in us through the Word and Spirit.
The word of God be seed from inside the Son. Those who trek along the wide path that leads ter destruction ‘ill often times receive the seed, but then the devil sneaks in and steals the seed from thar hearts. Some seed gets buried in shallow soil and don’ grow strong roots. They believe fer a while, but eventually fall over dry as straw. Other seed gets robbed of nutrients by life’s worries, riches and pleasures. This seed produce puny stalks.
Still other seed lands good soil. These folks ‘ave noble and good hearts. They hear the word and retain it. They pluck sin from thar lives, keep the seed refreshed with living water, command the devil and his henchmen ter get gone from thar heart, and nourish thar mind with the words of Skipper. By persevering in this way, they produce a crop. (Luke 8:11-15)
If we be faithful enough ter trust a tiny seed buried in dirt, let us also be faithful ter sow seeds in our hearts fer the things we need: health, shelter, clothing, and food.
With yer mouth declare that what you need you now have. “I receive ____ into my life! ” Let yer faith in the Son, his power and mighty name, turn yer need inter good seed. Then immediately be about the business of preparing ter bring in the harvest.
Lord, while ya went about teaching and preaching, some religious fellers warned ya ter leave cause that fox Herod Antipas might wish fer yer head on a platter. In reply ya said, “I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.” (Luke 13:31-34)
We know yer goal be fer all ter come to ya, that none be lost ter the devil and eternal destruction (2 Peter 3:9). Fer this reason we bring ’em we love ter ya and ask that ya add ’em ter the list of folks ya ‘ill heal, cleanse, and fergive. Lord, move in thar hearts and draw ’em ter ya.
Because ya gave us all power and authority ter bind and set free, we declare that in yer name, _____ be set free from the affliction attacking thar body. In yer name we declare that all unclean spirits attacking _____ be cast inter the abyss and bound until the day of judgment. Lord, we ask right now that ya whisper these words ter _____’s spirit: “Daughter/Son, you are healed.”