The “Should Have” Prayer

Irish folk say, “May the roof above us never fall in, and may we never fall out with friends.”

That is a prayer that Mrs. Luke 5 definitely should have prayed. Perhaps she wasn’t Irish?

Some men arrived carrying a paraplegic on a stretcher. They were looking for a way to get into the house and set him before Jesus. When they couldn’t find a way in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof, removed some tiles, and let him down in the middle of everyone, right in front of Jesus. Impressed by their bold belief, he said, “Friend, I forgive your sins.”

That set the religion scholars buzzing. “Who does he think he is? That’s blasphemous talk! God and only God can forgive sins.”  Jesus knew exactly what they were thinking and said, “Why all this gossipy whispering? Which is simpler: to say ‘I forgive your sins,’ or to say ‘Get up and start walking? Well, just so it’s clear that I’m the Son of Man and authorized to do either, or both, he spoke directly to the paraplegic: “Get up. Take your bedroll and go home.” Without a moment’s hesitation, he did it—got up, took his blanket, and left for home, giving glory to God all the way. The people rubbed their eyes, stunned—and then also gave glory to God. Awestruck, they said, “We’ve never seen anything like that!”  (From Luke 5:18-26, MSG)

When your roof caves in, do you know how to pray?

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