A Daily Prayer based on Matthew 9:9-34 for 9/3/2015

Lord Jesus, We see here that you enjoyed table fellowship with those that the religious and political leaders of your day despised, the social outcasts and the nonreligious. But you saw the hunger in their hearts, and knew, as a spiritual physician, that it is not the healthy who need a doctor but the sick. You did not come to call the righteous, but sinners. I know that you desire mercy more than sacrifice and compassion more than religious activity. Protect us from looking down on anyone. You teach us here to put new wine into new wineskins. We know you want to produce new life in our personal lives, in our work, and in our ministries and in our nation. Point out any old, traditional ways of doing things so that we may set the old ways of doing things aside and find new containers for the new life you are seeking to produce. I affirm that you healed a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years when she touched the edge of your cloak. You took a dead girl by the hand and raised her to life. You restored the sight of two blind men, and drove a mute demon out of man and freed him to talk. You are the Son of David. I thank you that you minister to the wealthy and influential, like the ruler in this story, and that you minister to the poor and needy, like the woman with the flow of blood, who was unclean and not permitted to enter the courts of the Temple. I pray that we will imitate your example and show equal concern to people we encounter, regardless of their station in life. I pray that you will produce in us the simple faith we see in these stories. Whatever our need, I pray that we will believe that we can be healed by simply touching the edge of your cloak in faith. May our faith in you heal us from disease and from every defect of the soul. I pray that we will cry out to you for mercy, as the blind men did, and believe that there is nothing you cannot do. May it be done to us according to our faith. Please enlarge our faith so we can trust you for bigger things. In your name I ask these things, amen. Matthew 9:9-34 The Calling of Matthew 9As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector's booth. "Follow me," he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. 10While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors and "sinners" came and ate with him and his disciples. 11When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?" 12On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." Jesus Questioned About Fasting 14Then John's disciples came and asked him, "How is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?" 15Jesus answered, "How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast. 16"No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. 17Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved." A Dead Girl and a Sick Woman 18While he was saying this, a ruler came and knelt before him and said, "My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live." 19Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples. 20Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. 21She said to herself, "If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed." 22Jesus turned and saw her. "Take heart, daughter," he said, "your faith has healed you." And the woman was healed from that moment. 23When Jesus entered the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd, 24he said, "Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep." But they laughed at him. 25After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. 26News of this spread through all that region. Jesus Heals the Blind and Mute 27As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!" 28When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" "Yes, Lord," they replied. 29Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith will it be done to you"; 30and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, "See that no one knows about this." 31But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region. 32While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. 33And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, "Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel." 34But the Pharisees said, "It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons."

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Never before in the history of our country has America faced a moral crisis like the one before us today. The foundations of our government are crumbling right before our eyes. Our churches are abandoning God, our families are in shambles. There is only one hope for restoration - the Lord Jesus Christ. If we are to see restoration, it will come only by the grace of God's mercy. We have the assurance of Scripture that "if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us" (1 John 5:14). There is no better way to pray according to the will of God than by praying his own word back to him. These daily prayers are crafted, as much as possible, to incorporate the very words of the Scripture.

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.