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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For March 31, 2020
Praying With Faith

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

John 9:1-7 KJV
1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

Did anyone watch the news last night where a minister was arrested for not practicing safe distancing code of conduct when he prayed for a person for whatever reason. Many of us want to know what is the world coming too. There was perhaps even more violations because of the crowd in the church. Most of us that been to church never fear going into church or coming out the door. Crowds in churches are often not seen as a hazzard but a blessing. If your church decides to be yellow belly has some southern might think by closing doors and getting on line, think again. We want to see the power of God move and obey the government. Yet are we relying on our ability to do something or God's ability to do something. Is it necessary to touch and be touched by the one praying. No but sometimes we need that point of contact with another being. Sometimes I wish God had said to me go wash in the crik(southern for creek) below the house. Now if you understand I probably would not of gone to the crik as instructed, I would of wonder if he really said that to me. A minister could of told me and I probably would not of gone for my own healing. However I needed the point of contact. In 2 Kings 5 we see that point of contact for Naaman was obedience to the Elisha prophet's words from the Lord to go and dip seven times in the Jordan river. It was not a very clean river either. But Naaman went and dip in the Jordan seven times and he was made whole. Now in the story of the blind man Jesus made mud with his own spit and place it on the blind man's eyes and told him to go and wash his eyes in the pool of Siloam and he was came seeing. Can we instructed without contact for healing.

Two different events both requiring the person to do something for faith. In churches that practice faith healing, often something is required for faith to be activated to receive healing, a breakthrough, or even prosperity in life. Many walk out never receiving and others seem to take hold gaining new life in abundance. Some would say without the touch of an anointed person, a point of contact healing could not occur. This is falsehood and a lie. In James 5(starting at verse 13- if you want to skim past part of the chapter), it tells to anoint the sick and the prayer of the saints will save them. The idea of anointing is nothing knew to the church world, but not practiced in all churches. Is it the anointing that saves the person in illness? It is the prayer of the believer that saves? No the answer is God is the healer. Now out of obedience to God many anoint and nothing wrong with it. However with this virus of Corona virus, and social distancing are we to still anoint, and pray, or just pray. Ask a missionary that goes into areas of extreme disease what they do. You will find perhaps some praying with oil and others just praying to live through the journey. That one way ticket one might be ready to leave, but that is human fear and not orders from God.

God sending his people to pray is no different then Jesus coming and healing the sick. That is a bold statment to write. Do I fear, we all fear. It like the lapping of water in the days of Gideon. Do you lap or do you cup your hand and drink. If you lap you do not fear of what is behind you, but it not a wise decision. If you cup your hand and drink you are aware of all that is around you while you drink. Story of Gideon found in Judges.

When you lift up the medical field or the serpent you have to ask, are you hoping to live? When are we going to lift up the name of Jesus and the anointing power of healing by praying for the sick to be delivered, even layings hands on those sick. Will every tele evangelist, take a trip with no pay to pray for the sick and anoint as they do in foreign countries or is it a show. I am not stupid. Some are hiding behind the computers and others that where they feel lead to be. However we still need ministers to pray over the sick entering those hospitals. Yet the rules of those hospitals must be obeyed. Government laws must be obeyed. Where two or three are gather in his name what happens, God hears us. Whether at the hospital door or in our house God hears us. How many ministers are willing to go into the fiery furnance if allowed? Would our "Christian government" allow it? Do you have enough faith to prayer in the fiery furnance? Are you willing to say my God can heal, because my Savior lives.

Jesus healed even without touching and even without his presence. The roman officer, can't think of his correct title, servant was in need of healing and he told Jesus just say the words and he would be healed. He knew Jesus was a busy man. Will Jesus is busy all over the earth today. Are we going ask Jesus just to say the word, or do we need his ambassadors in the fiery furance. Maybe it time our government take the challenge of faith and allow ministers to do what they know to do, even if it was to bring death and destruction. God needs anointed men and women on the firing line of faith. Will our government back it. I think President Trump just might because he is man who has ministers praying all around him. Let us challenge our nation to know God's power in their life and not be complacent to the allowing God's power to move either behind the door of protection, or on the firing lines of faith.

Dear Heavenly Father, your Son never ran from disease but everyone was not always healed, because of a lack of faith, let us not forget that one fact, before I asking your power to rain down on this nation and around the world, that anyone looking to Jesus will be healed, that the old serpent in the wilderness be replace in the hearts of knew belivers as they look to Jesus on the cross of Calvary taking away their sin and diseases. Let the blinders be removed by the washing of the eyes, in the name of Jesus. May the hope of God's healing power reign in the live of the people around the world. May we see the power of your name Jesus once more. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Mark 11:27-33 KJV
27 And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders,
28 And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?
29 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
30 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.
31 And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?
32 But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.
33 And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.


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