You Do Your Job, He’ll Do His
Posted: Thursday, February 25
Verse of the day:
There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him. (Mark 7:32)
In Mark 7:24-37 there are two stories where Jesus answers the requests of people bringing other people’s needs to him. The first story is “Jesus Honors a Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith”. The second story is “Jesus Heals a Deaf and Mute Man”. Both stories show people bringing requests to Jesus. The woman’s request was for her daughter who was demon possessed who was not with her to be delivered and the crowd’s request was to heal the deaf and mute man they brought to him. Bring your requests to God whether the person in need is with you or not. Our job is to pray and in doing so you are bringing them to Jesus. In both stories we see people pleading or begging Jesus to deliver or heal someone. However it is more evident in the first story. The woman keeps asking Jesus to deliver her daughter but Jesus says he must first minister to the house of Israel. But the woman persisted and Jesus granted her request. Our job is to pray and keep on praying-to be persistent in prayer.
In the second story it says the crowd begged Jesus to put his hand on the deaf and mute man. What Jesus does is far from what they were telling him to do. This is what scripture says Jesus did. “Jesus took him aside from the crowd, by himself, and put His fingers into his ears, and after spitting, He touched his tongue with the saliva; and looking up to heaven with a deep sigh, He said to him, “Ephphatha!” that is, “Be opened!” And his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was removed, and he began speaking plainly.” It’s like the crowd was telling Jesus how to do his job and Jesus went to lengths to teach them not to put God in a box. Remember our job is not to tell God how to do his job. Our job is to bring our requests, our needs and needs of others to God in prayer and to keep on praying. His job as our heavenly Father is to care for us and He does. Here are some verses on doing our job.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7 (NIV)
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24 (NIV)
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2 (NIV)