John 5:1-15 – verse 8 – Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” (NIV)
The first hospitality a new child receives is to be cleaned and dressed. This is because when a person is naked, they become exposed to danger. Also, being naked does not necessarily mean that someone is without clothes but may refer to a situation of shame. The good news is that God has always covered man’s nakedness and vulnerability since the beginning of the earth. He covered Adam and Eve’s nakedness after they sinned in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:21).
In today’s Bible reading, a man was helpless for 38 years because he had nobody to assist him. One day, Jesus covered his shame by setting him free from his affliction. Similarly, Rachael, Sarah, and Hannah were all maritally naked because they were barren. But God intervened in their marriages and made them fruitful. I pray for that fellow who is on the verge of giving up due to mockery. In this season, God shall prepare a table for you in the presence of your mockers, in Jesus’ name.
Beloved, what is that nakedness in your life? Even if you are having difficulty telling your family, friends, or pastor about any issues, I urge you to tell God right now because He can cover your shame and make a message out of your mess. As you pray, the Lord will elevate you from the gutter of life and condemnation to the mountaintop.
Hymn: Jesus Saves – Priscilla J. Owens (1882)
1. Father, I thank You for keeping me up to this point and for the future.
2. Father, please cover my shame and nakedness (mention).
1. Father, please show me mercy, forgive my sins, and blot out the consequences.
2. Father, favour me, my family, nation, and the church this month.
3. Revive me oh Lord so that I can rejoice and walk in Your will.
GRACE SHALL SPEAK FOR YOU!
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