John the Baptist (Matthew 14:1-12) was imprisoned by King Herod, because he admonished the King for appropriating Herodias, his Brother Phillip’s wife. The King soon got him beheaded to reward Herodias daughter, who had earlier danced brilliantly before him during his birthday celebration.
Before long, the disciples of John the Baptist briefed Jesus Christ about the death of their boss, and He departed from there by boat to a deserted place. But the people quickly learnt that He had moved, and they followed Him on foot from the cities. And when He saw the great multitude, “He was moved with compassion for them” (Matthew 14: 14).
What does “move with compassion for people’’ mean, you may wish to ask? Well it simply means to have a feeling of deep sympathy, empathy, concern, consideration, kindness, etc. for them. In the course of His earthly ministry, Jesus was moved with compassion for people due to their terrible conditions, and He attended to their needs appropriately. He taught them, healed them, fed them, comforted them, defended them, and gave them Salvation!
A great deal of people these days like in the past, are also overwhelmed by intense challenges, which makes them struggle every day, all year round, every year. And most times, they end up being very distressed, dejected, and desperate. They may even lose their lives prematurely, and if care is not taken, their children may end up like them.
Occasionally, some public spirited people may show up to assist those in need but, there is a limit to what they can do at any point in time. Now, if we are to tell the truth, no one should live their lives in unnecessary pain, since Jesus, the all-powerful one, whose compassion is legendary, is waiting, willing, and able to shoulder our yokes, if we cast them upon Him (1 Peter 5:7).
Friend, it is an established fact that all problems originate from the spiritual realm, i.e. in the dark places (Ephesians 6:12). Since that is the case, then we must go all-out to confront them spiritually too. And we can do this, by praying to God through Jesus Christ! Please note that prayer is a spiritual light, and we must use it to illuminate the dark places, and reach out to God. Cornelius for example, used it and it worked for him (Acts 10:30-31). It is working for countless of people in this day and age as well. Kindly imitate them; switch on the light; pray!
Please, don’t be too busy to pray, and don’t wait till you are desperate before you do so. Like Jesus Christ, create time to pray (Mark 1:35), and then pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)!
Pray on issues that affects your family, friends, neighbours, neighbourhood, country, and the world. Also, pray in support of your job, business, profession, and education. In addition, pray for good health, peace of mind, abundance, and God’s favour, glory, and honour upon your life, and the lives of all your loved ones. Last but not least, pray against oppression, impunity, and violence. The good news is that your prayer will surely be answered (Matthew 7-7) sooner or later, in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.
Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies