Today wasn’t a great day.
I started feeling a bit ill last week, but fought through it. The Hobbs children had been sick, so I knew a virus was traveling around the house.
Finally, Friday, it hit me—hard.
I came down with a fever. My throat was stinging and burning. I had a massive headache and uncomfortable body aches.
Over the weekend, my bed was my best friend.
I took it easy and tried to nurse myself back to health so I’d be up and at ‘em by Monday.
Well, I went to bed Sunday night and woke up the next morning with no fever (Yay!) and no voice (Boo!).
I was sure I’d be 100% and raring to go by today.
My progress is slower than I thought, but I’m thankful I’m doing better every day.
I don’t know how many times over the past couple days my husband Kenya has asked me, “What did you say, honey?”
My raspy, just-above-a-whisper voice, is hard to hear.
While dealing with the frustration of hardly being able to speak, it made me think about how thankful I am that God, unlike man, is able to hear our faintest call.
With the Lord, even before we verbalize our needs, He is fully aware of them. Matthew 6:8 says, “… your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!”
The Lord has intimate knowledge of what’s in our hearts, before it ever reaches our mouths, whether good or bad.
In Luke 5, after Jesus told a paralyzed man his sins were forgiven, the Savior knew exactly what was in the minds of the Pharisees and teachers of the law.
Verse 22 says, “Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, ‘Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?’”
These self-righteous leaders thought to themselves, “That’s blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”
Though they didn’t give voice to that internal dialogue, Jesus responded anyway.
In verses 23 and 24, He said, “Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’?”
He then said, “So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.”
With that, Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and commanded, “Stand up, pick up your bed, and go home!”
Everyone watched, the Bible says, astounded at the miracle Jesus worked. They gawked while that formerly paralyzed man got up and went on his way.
He had been touched by the Master!
You can’t be touched by Jesus and leave the same way you came.
So anyway, after this happened, those folks praised God and exclaimed, “We have seen amazing things today!”
I love this passage in Luke 5:17-26, because it demonstrates the Lord’s ability to hear unexpressed thoughts, as well as His power to save, and heal.
Friend, still today, God hears and heals.
He hears your heart’s cry. He knows all about your struggles and He is more than able to heal you wherever you’re hurting.
Those prayers that come out in the form of tears, those whispers in the night and even those clumsy, ineloquent petitions, He hears, cares about and understands.
Psalm 139:2 NIV says, “You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
I’m so glad God knows me, aren’t you?
He sees what’s going on in your mind that you are unable to express with your mouth. God is not impressed with our “vain repetitions” and drawn out prayers anyway.
Matthew 6:7 NLT says, "When you pray, don't babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again.”
In fact, when you and I don’t know what to pray, we have help.
Romans 8:26 NLT, which I’m stirring into your cup of inspiration, says, “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don't know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, rest assured that your needs and requests are reaching Heaven. You are not forgotten. The Lord sees, knows, hears, cares and will answer.
You are not in this battle alone. He has not forsaken you in your distress.
Psalm 34:15 NIV says, "The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry."
He hears and will come to your rescue in due time.
God, I don’t always know what to say or how to express my needs. But I know You already know what they are. So today, I say let Your will be done in my life. I surrender to You and trust You to take care of me. Thank You, oh Lord, for seeing, hearing, caring and answering. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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