November 21 The Cure

Photo by Aaron Burden

Photo by Aaron Burden


Ezekiel 21 42:1-43:27;  James 5:1-20;  Psalm 119:1-6;  Proverbs 28:6-7

“Is anyone among you suffering?  Let him pray.  Is anyone cheerful?  Let him sing praise.  Is anyone among you sick?  Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up.  And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.  Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.  Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.”  James 5:13-18

What ails you, man?

What beats you down and suck the life breath

right out of your soul?

What keeps you on the run,

spinning lies

to keep the truth at bay?

When you get tired of running,

of keeping track

of tall tales

that everyone can see through

anyway,

when you simply run out

of time,

energy,

and will–

look up

and pray.

~

God knows.

He’s been waiting

and longs to give you

His Cure

for all that ails you

in body, mind and soul.

The hurts of today

come under His watch.

Bow your knees and pray.

Acknowledge Him as

Lord of Lords,

as Lord of your life.

Ask Him for the cure

admit your need for Him,

for someone much bigger than yourself

that can restore and heal

and make new again.

~

Confess your sins,

let go and let God

remove those weights

of guilt and shame.

Let Him love you,

hear His words

“You are forgiven.

Be well”

Lord God, thank you for the cure!  For Your Son, Jesus Christ who died on the Cross for my sins; for forgiveness which soothes my troubled heart and gives me rest from all my running.  Grant that I may pray with all my might for those I know who need Your cure–to be healed in mind, body and spirit.  I especially pray for the community of Ferguson, MO which is representative of many places in the US where inequalities exist and much healing is needed.  I pray for the safety of its citizens and for peace.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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