Some men came, bringing to him a paralysed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. Mark 2.3-4
This really is quite an outrageous story! Four men want their friend to be healed by Jesus, and because they cannot get him into the room, they go up on the roof and dig it out! There must have been other options - one of the four friends could have gone into the room and begged Jesus to come out, or they could all have waited outside for Jesus to finish his teaching, and then bring their request to him.
The truth is that the four friends probably didn't think much about the options; they knew what they wanted and they were going to get it, no matter what. At the heart of their outrageous action was the conviction that they had to get their friend to Jesus who would surely want to help him; they believed and nothing was going to get in the way of what they believed. It raises the question of what it is that we actually believe about the will of God for us, and his kindness to us.
You, like many others, may have quite a casual belief in God's heart for you; suspecting that he might think of you from time to time if you do really well, or make a special effort to pray for longer. The truth couldn’t be more different: you are always on God’s mind and he loves you so much that he gave Jesus for you.
If you really believe this, what outrageous prayers can you pray and what outrageous things can you believe about yourself?
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission