Some have indeed been blessed to be commissioned like Jesus was in the ways listed in Luke 4:18. What a joy it is to be God’s instrument of release and healing in this way! You could be sick, brokenhearted and poor because you don’t have the health and vigor you had before. You could be captive to negative emotions that hold you back from being what God has for you to do and be. You could be oppressed for many reasons: people literally bully you, you have a super-demanding boss or you could be enslaved by debt or circumstances stemming from a loss of employment.
Whatever your “illness”, God wants to empower you to break free. Trust in His timing, purpose and plan for your life, and be sure to ask His help in releasing you from all that’s holding you back from being and doing all that He has for you to be and do. Ask Him to send you encouragers to cheer you along the way with your successes and to comfort you when things don’t work out the way you planned or would like. Ask Him to help you live Matthew 6:33 and to teach you what He means by seeking His kingdom and righteousness first. May our God hear your prayers and grant your requests.
Encouraging Scripture: Luke 4:18
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because he has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.
Father God, You sent Jesus to minister to the hurting, and Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to us all. I am ill and suffering, and I ask You, Jesus and the Holy Spirit to minister to me. Please grant me all that I need to make it through, to endure this physically and emotionally trying time, and please grant me the patience to wait for Your perfect timing in my life to rid me of this illness so that I can move on to be and do all that You have for me to be and do. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Things to Think, Pray and Journal About
1. Who or what besides your illness is holding you captive? If you don’t know, can you ask God to show you?
2. Did you know that part of Jesus’ good news was to show us how to love and live? Has living God’s law of love changed how you relate to God, others and yourself? How?
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