Jeremiah 17:14-15 (Berean Study Bible)
14 Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me, and I will be saved, for You are my praise. 15 Behold, they keep saying to me, “Where is the word of the LORD? Let it come now!”
Are you trusting God to deliver you from harm today? From fear? What about strain with your spouse? The loss of a loved one? We may say we desire freedom in Christ, but if we do not relinquish our sufferings to Him, there can be no deliverance at all.
In order to receive deliverance from God, we must first acknowledge His great strength against ours. We know that our human strength does not allow us to save ourselves from evil, nor will it ever be enough to save us from sin. Yet, we often enjoy doing things our own way, and neglect the saving deliverance of God. Jeremiah, also called the weeping prophet, was a man who wished to deliver his people from the jaws of death. He knew that God was the only one who could save Israel, crying out in Jeremiah 17:13: “O LORD, the hope of Israel, all who abandon You will be put to shame. All who turn away will be written in the dust, for they have abandoned the LORD, the fountain of living water.”
If you do not believe that God is capable of delivering you from your suffering, I would urge you to remember the theme of His word. From the beginning, God’s plan has never been to harm us, but to heal us. Since the Fall in the Garden of Eden, the Father has been working wonders to ensure our deliverance from sin and death. He even sent His own son, Jesus Christ, to die the death of a criminal to take away the sins of the world. The debt has been paid, the veil has been torn, and the Lord has overcome death itself!
We may not completely understand the trials that Jeremiah was facing when he composed his prayer for deliverance, but we do understand that his words come from the heart. If you need deliverance today, try saying a version of this tiny prayer to God:
Lord, I know that You alone can heal me. By your power alone can we be saved. You are the door that leads to eternal life. I praise You for your love, and for the mercy and grace that you shed on us. Thank you for delivering me from my pursuers, both earthly and spiritual alike. Let Your word and will be done exactly as you have planned. Let deliverance come now!
Becoming vulnerable or weak may seem ridiculous in the eyes of men, but powerlessness is exactly the medium through which God may deliver us. Though we may be weak, His arms are strong! Allow the Lord to carry you into deliverance this week, no matter what you may face in the days to come.
In what ways have you prayed for God’s deliverance this week? Are there areas of your life that could use deliverance? What about the lives of others? Too often do we rely on our own strength when journeying through this life. Come and sit for a while at the feet of Jesus, and ask Him for the deliverance that surpasses all understanding!
Deuteronomy 10:21 (New English Standard Version)
21 He is your praise and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome wonders your eyes have seen.
Isaiah 5:19 (Berean Study Bible)
19 That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it!