Behind Our Faith
2 Kings 5
Naaman is healed of leprosy when he obeys Elisha's directives.
It is God who has power to move in the realm of the spiritual and miraculous—not man. So whether God asks us to do something difficult or simple, it doesn't matter. He will do the work behind our faith. Naaman learns this the hard way. His heart is open to God, for he goes to Elisha hoping that God will heal his leprosy. But when Elisha tells him to wash in the Jordan seven times, Naaman roars: "Are not . . . the rivers of Damascus better than all the waters of Israel?" (v. 12). He misses the point. The point is not clean water or unclean. The point is: Does he believe God? The Jordan is merely a test of his faith in God. When Naaman realizes that, he washes and is healed.
By faith, we offer our praise to the Lord and thank Him for the power that makes us clean:
Blessed be Your glorious name,
Which is exalted above all blessing and praise!
You alone are the Lord;
You have made heaven,
The heaven of heavens, with all their host,
The earth and everything on it,
The seas and all that is in them,
And You preserve them all.
The host of heaven worships You (Nehemiah 9:5-6).
Pause for personal praise and thanksgiving.
Pray this confession as you seek to keep your life free from sin:
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears,
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,
And saves such as have a contrite spirit (Psalm 34:17-18).
Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind.
Now pray this affirmation to the Lord:
For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed,
for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep
what I have committed to Him until that Day (2 Timothy 1:12).
As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:
- Faithfulness with your finances
- Revival among Christians in America
- Your activities for the day
Finally, offer this closing prayer:
To the King eternal, immortal, invisible,
to God who alone is wise,
be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen (1 Timothy 1:17).
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