Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them…When Jesus saw their faith…”
The word “intercede” literally means “to plead someone else’s case.” In this story several men bring a man who is paralyzed to Jesus, believing that Jesus will heal the man. There is no record of the paralyzed man wanting to come to Jesus. No record of the faith of the paralyzed man, but only the faith of the people who brought him. Their faith led them to intercede, to plead the paralyzed man’s case, to Jesus. And Jesus healed the man because of the faith of the men who brought the paralyzed man to Jesus. There is no limit to strength of intercessory prayer. At another time Jesus said, “Whatever two or three agree to pray for will be granted.” The message is clear that our faith in Jesus and intercession on behalf of another can indeed change a person’s life.
Posted on January 28, 2018 8:00 AM