"Loving Creator, I am not asking you to do away with my weakness, but to use it to glorify you. As Paul prayed, let your power be perfected in my weakness. Let me be aware of the many ways you reach out to help me today. Then let me stand in awe of your power that you use in such loving ways."
In Mark 7, Jesus heals a Syrophoenician woman's young daughter due to her persistence and boldness of faith. He was preparing His disciples for their future ministry to the Gentiles, he was compassionate towards the honesty of the woman, and, finally, he was powerful to heal her daughter. Her honesty was rewarded because Jesus had the power to accomplish her request. Jesus in this passage shows both his human side, joking and bantering with the woman, and his infinite divinity by healing her young daughter who wasn't even present with Him. Sometimes we are unwilling to take our requests to God because of our doubt. No matter how many times He proves Himself, our unbelief still remains. Jesus understands our weakness, and works through it. He can use our brokenness in amazing ways and lift us up while we stumble.
Lent, the season of self-denial, is a perfect opportunity to reflect on our doubts and unbelief. It also allows us the opportunity to live out 2 Corinthians 3:18, "We, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from The Lord, who is the Spirit." This Lenten season, let us be aware of the work of Jesus, the God who can heal with a word.
Prayer points // ask God to show you where He has helped you today. Be aware of Him.
Scripture Mediation // Psalm 62