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“That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and cured all who were sick” (Matthew 8:16).

Our Lord is Lord of all.  Yes, even the demons are under His authority.  This exposes the lie of the devil.  Jesus is the One who has the power.  Yes, our Lord can heal, but that does not mean, in a worldly way, that He always will.  Does it fit within the will of the Father?  You and I do not know what needs to happen, but our Lord does.  Be directed by the Lord and do not attempt to direct Him.

Lord, You know that I often expect You to do what I want.  Help me to come to the place where, by faith, I trust You can do all things, but that You will do what is within the Father’s will.  Guide me to live by faith no matter the outcome of my expectations so that I may humbly walk with You and trust in all that You are doing.  You are the Master, and I am Your disciple.  Guide me in the way You guided the disciples while in Your earthly ministry.

Lord Jesus, You know the anxieties I have.  You know where I am led by my desires and where that desire contradicts what needs to happen.  Teach me to pray continuously for others while remaining humble to the truth that the Father’s will is going to be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Help me to pray expectantly today, not for the outcome, but for Your action as a response to my prayers.  Amen.

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