Day 39 of 40: Health

Jesus gave his disciples a preaching mission.

Read  Matthew 10: 5-15.

They were to share the good news with the people of Israel. But this mission also sounds like a medical mission. Heal the sick, cure leprosy, cast out demons. This is a mission to restore wholeness and health, to repair people who are physically, emotionally, and spiritually broken. Those in need were
probably thrilled to see these “doctors” come to town, especially doctors who charged nothing for their services.

Medical care today is big business. Pharmaceutical companies spend millions on research, development and promotion. It’s not unreasonable for them to want some profit, but there are millions of poor people who lack access to basic medicine. Many pharmaceutical companies are improving their efforts to give the poorest people on earth the medicines that they desperately need.


Why do you think Jesus told his disciples not to bring money as they traveled? What does that say about the value of people in ministry? If you were present during that time and one of the apostles told you that he could cure any disease you had with the power of God, how would you have responded? Why?

Live it

You don’t have to be a doctor or a nurse to provide medical care to a community. You can donate money to a program that provides medical aid to the poor or sends medical missionaries. Also, find out what the most urgent health issues are in your community. Work with a church group to address these needs.


Lord God, when I am healthy, remind me that my health is a gift from you; help me to be grateful. When I am ill, help me to seek your face. Attend to the needs of all who need your healing presence, especially those with chronic and severe illnesses and those struggling with limited resources. Restore them to wholeness.





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Day 38 of 40: Chains

Read Deutoronomy 6:4-10.

When sharing with the people of Israel concerning the importance of giving “the best of [their] crops” (verse 10), Moses explained that each worshiper was to recount Israel’s shared history. They had been slaves in Egypt, and God rescued them.

Slavery existed in several different forms in biblical times. At its worst, slavery in the ancient world was a life of unremitting exploitation and punishment. At its best, it was like being part of an extended family. But slaves never forgot that they were once seen as mere objects. They were owned.

In our own time, slavery has “officially” been abolished. Yet, unofficially, in many parts of the world, people are still enslaved and chains can come in many forms. People can be shackled by low wages as well as by leg irons. More people are enslaved today than ever, because of human trafficking. Some 45,000—50,000 people are forced into the sex trade annually. An estimated 1.3 million children are currently enslaved in the sex trade around the world.

God is a mighty liberator. The work begun in Egypt three millennia ago continues today. Wherever slavery exists in the world, God still wants us to set people free. After all, we too have been freed from our slavery to sin.


Why did Moses remind his people of their former years of slavery? What do you see as the value of recounting one’s humble roots? Have you traced your roots? How has your family history shaped your life?

Live it

Learn about products you may have purchased in the past that were produced by companies that mistreat their workers. Write a letter or email of protest to that company and commit to buying only products that are fairly traded.


Throughout history people who were in serious trouble have prayed to you, Lord, and you rescued them. You brought them out of deepest darkness and broke their chains. Do it again today, Lord.



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