Too Busy

Richard Roberts

I’ll never forget the day years ago when a young lady walked in front of the classroom where I was teaching and interrupted me. I asked what she wanted, and she said that a 13-year-old boy in her family was going through open-heart surgery right then. We stopped the class and prayed for him.

That incident was a living example of how Jesus ministered. He wasn’t bothered by interruptions. Mark 2:1–12 tells us that Jesus was preaching in a crowded house when four men who were bringing a paralyzed friend to Him for healing couldn’t get in. So they broke a hole in the roof and lowered the sick man down into the middle of the meeting! Jesus wasn’t upset over the interruption. He was touched by their faith, and He healed the man.

According to the Bible, every Christian has a healing ministry in a general sense. Mark 16:17–18 says, These signs shall follow them that believe…they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Sometimes it’s not convenient to minister to people. But rarely is anything we’re doing so important that we can’t stop and allow the Holy Spirit to use us. It happens to me wherever I go. I can be standing at a checkout counter, and people will come up and ask me to pray for them. But I don’t mind! It didn’t bother Jesus, and it doesn’t bother me, because those people need prayer.

Someone may need your prayers today. It might be in the grocery store, at a restaurant, or on the job. When God presents the opportunity, don’t be too busy, and don’t let the setting bother you. Let Him use you today to bless someone who is hurting and needs the healing touch of the Lord.