A Daily Prayer based on Mark 7:24-37 for 10/25/2014

Lord Jesus, We read here about how you cast a demon out of a foreigner’s daughter and healed another foreigner who was both deaf and dumb. I pray today for myself and for ______________________, that we will never think that we are too far from you or not special enough to be the object of your attention and healing power. I pray especially for those of us who are parents. You see the depth of the love we have for our children, and how in body and soul we fall on our knees before you, asking for your grace and power for them. I pray that you will hear our prayers and deliver our children from all spiritual bondage and oppression. I ask you to open our ears so that we may hear and understand your word. If our ears are dull and unable to receive any truth you have for us, please remove anything that blocks our ability to hear you and understand you. Open our ears in relationships with people so that we may be good listeners. Make us attentive, sympathetic, and understanding. I also ask you to open our lips that we may speak words of truth and encouragement and exhortation to others. Remove any restraint that keeps our tongues from being used for your purposes. May our words to others be like apples of gold in settings of silver. By your grace, may no unwholesome or rotten talk come out of our mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. In your name I ask these things, amen. Mark 7:24-37 The Faith of a Syrophoenician Woman 24Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. 25In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an evil spirit came and fell at his feet. 26The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. 27"First let the children eat all they want," he told her, "for it is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs." 28"Yes, Lord," she replied, "but even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs." 29Then he told her, "For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter." 30She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone. The Healing of a Deaf and Mute Man 31Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis. 32There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged him to place his hand on the man. 33After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man's ears. Then he spit and touched the man's tongue. 34He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, "Ephphatha!" (which means, "Be opened!" ). 35At this, the man's ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly. 36Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. 37People were overwhelmed with amazement. "He has done everything well," they said. "He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak."

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About Bryan Fischer

 Bryan Fischer pastored for 25 years and served as the chaplain of the Idaho state senate before becoming a part of the AFA family.