Great Plains Daily Devotional for 5/31/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Salina Church of the Cross UMC
Salina District
Salina First UMC
Salina District
TiM Associate
Salina First UMC
Salina District
Salina Grand Avenue UMC
Salina District

Today's Lectionary Text

Matthew 9:27-29

As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
When 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.
Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”


Today's Devotional

The faith exhibited in the scripture by the two blind men is worth exploring. First, how could two blind me follow Jesus, when they could not see. The scriptures do not reveal this, but possibly another person helped them to reach Jesus, or perhaps they followed by the sound of the voice of Jesus. How they reached Jesus was not as important as finding him. Their faith in Jesus brought them to him.
Notice that they did not ask for healing of their eyesight yet requested mercy. Then Jesus verified their faith by asking them if they believed that he could do this. Their answer was an absolute “yes.” Then the healing took place when Jesus touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith be it unto you.” The faith that they had and used was the key to their healing.
It is important to learn from the scriptures that tell us our attitude toward God is of utmost importance. When the two blind men approached Jesus, they asked for mercy. In other words, they recognized the power of God and requested that Jesus give them mercy. The faith of these two men were recognized by Jesus, and he healed their eyesight.
By understanding that Jesus questioned the two men concerning their belief that he would heal them is the same as us being obedient to God’s direction through the Holy Spirit. As we travel this journey that God has set us on, let us remember that God loves us dearly and we are to love others in return and remember the words of Jesus, “According to your faith be it unto you.”  
--Brad Zimmerman
 Pastor, Bucklin UMC

Prayer for Reflection

Dear God, we seek your mercy and love. Thanking you always for the many different types of healings in our lives.  Amen.


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