March 16, 2021
Each day during Lent, I am highlighting a Lenten Word (or phrase) of the Day from the readings of the day. I encourage you to reflect on this word or phrase and incorporate it in your prayers today.
“When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been ill for a long time, he said to him, ‘Do you want to be well?‘” (John 5:6)
DO YOU WANT TO BE WELL?: It is remarkable how many times in Scripture this Lenten season we have been asked if we want to receive gifts from God. Do we want God’s grace? His mercy? His love? His attention? Even more remarkable is the clear message that it is all readily accessible. God WANTS us to have these gifts.
Today we have yet another example. Jesus encounters a man that has been ill for 38 years. Jesus’ question to the man was simple, “Do you want to be well?” The man responds with a “Yes” but indicates that he needs help. Jesus makes the man well.
Two questions for us to reflect upon as we pray today: First – What is it that we need? Second – What is preventing us from seeking God’s help?
The answer to the first question – What is it that we need? – might be: comfort in our grief; strength to push through challenges we are facing; forgiveness for harm done to another or the courage to forgive someone that has harmed us; or relief from the anxiety that is weighing us down. The list goes on and on. Whatever our need may be, God can provide.
The answer to the second question – What is preventing us from seeking God’s help? – might be: a lack of faith; a need to be in control; the desire to appear invincible; or perhaps shame.
Do you want to be well? Keep this in mind to encourage you: No problem is too big or too entrenched for God to handle and He wants to help…just ask.