“Abram fell facedown before God. Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, ‘Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah beat a child at the age of ninety?’” (Genesis 17:3. 17)
The position a person takes before God reflects the person’s attitude. Abram fell facedown in humble dependence. He was not only a man of faith; he was a humble man. Biblical giants often fall prostate in prayer. I’m reminded of when Moses went up on the mountain to see a bushing burning, but not consumed. God instructed him to take his sandals off, for he was on holy ground. Beloved, whenever we lay prostrate or kneel down to pray, we are asking God to come; thus, that ground is holy with the Presence of our God.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, we come before Your throne of grace seeking your favor about what we might need to do this day. We continually seek Your counsel and desire to be used in whatever way we are able to please you and stay focused on meeting Your will, and not our own. Today we continue to pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know, especially the people in Ukraine, as they are fighting for their very lives and way of life. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“We may sit in a sailboat and raise the sail, but only God provides the wind necessary to go in the right direction.”
“My heart is not proud, O Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.” (Psalm 131:1-3)
It is rare in biblical prayers to confess humility. Here, humility is an act of the will. Humility is the starting point for prayer and the basis for testimony to others.
“Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—-it is just as though her head were shaved.” (1st Corinthians 11:4-5)
In Paul day humility was indicated in different ways between men and woman. The men prayed with their heads uncovered to indicate reverence and respect. Women covered their heads in demonstration of modesty. Immodest women were immoral. The important factor in either case was humility. In public prayer people need to demonstrate humility before God.
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. ‘Who touched me?’ Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, ‘Master,” the people are crowding an pressing against you.’ But Jesus said, ‘Someone touched me, and I know that power has gone out from me.’ Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.’” (Luke 8 :41-48)
I have read this story many times and it is one of the sweetest outcomes I think I’ve ever heard. Just imagine in this time, and woman bleeding meant she was considered “unclean.” She could not go to Temple or synagogues, she would be disdained by her neighbors and people in the community, she could not even go to the market, so she was dependent upon others who were compassionate enough to help here, but she was an outcast. She knew Jesus was coming through and the crowds would be large and full, and she also surmised all she needed to do was touch the bottom of his cloak for healing. There Jesus was, completely surrounded by a mass of people and he felt her touch Him and felt the healing power go out from Him. He was asking who touched me and she knew she could not go back into the shadows to get away, so she answered him with a trembling voice and fell at Jesus’ feet. She told him Him what she had touched Him and how she had instantly been healed. After twelve long years, she was healed. Jesus simply said, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.’ Isn’t that just beautiful. It was an affirmation from Jesus on faith moving mountains.