While studying Matthew, taking note of what Jesus said & did as he healed people, I've noticed something. 1st, He uses few words. Of course those words are spoken with great authority, but they are few, & sometimes, he just touches a hand. But, has anyone else noticed what Jesus initiates & what people initiate? It appears that Jesus initiates going into synagogues in each new city preaching & teaching, & THEN healing every disease & affliction. After that, people initiate COMING TO HIM for healing: a leper came, a centurion came, the disciples came/woke Jesus up on the boat, 2 demon-possessed men came, friends brought a paralytic, the ruler came, a woman came/touched his garment, children were brought, & He healed ALL. Jesus initiated: calling disciples to follow him, teaching disciples, going up on a mountain to pray, He went to them/walking on water, He took [them] on Mt of Transfiguration, etc. (I realize that Jesus DOES initiate, but I couldn't help noticing how often Matthew mentions people coming TO Him for healing.) Jesus also SENT out the disciples (including us) with His authority instructing them to proclaim the Kingdom of heaven is near, then heal sick, raise dead, cleanse lepers..... I know we are to do the things that Jesus did, but could it be that SOMETIMES people will simply come to us (if we're Hosting His Presence properly) & ask for prayer? Should we somehow use more teaching when out & about? If so, how would we even do that? Any thoughts, classmates or Bible scholars, on these 'ponderings of my heart?'
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If I were someone looking for prayers and healing, having read your passage, I would definitely go to you Patti. Initiating with Jesus is powerful and soothing. I love what you observed in people's initiatives. Last night when the heart was a little confused, I sought Lord's help. He simply invited me to His house. We laid back in couches, having a quiet, chill and mellow moment. Just by being there is enough.