Matthew 9:1-8New Living Translation (NLT)
Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man
9 Jesus climbed into a boat and went back across the lake to his own town.2 Some people brought to him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven.”
3 But some of the teachers of religious law said to themselves, “That’s blasphemy! Does he think he’s God?”
4 Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you have such evil thoughts in your hearts? 5 Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? 6 So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”
7 And the man jumped up and went home! 8 Fear swept through the crowd as they saw this happen. And they praised God for giving humans such authority.
Dear Father, I will bring all things to you in prayer. I will grow my faith in you. I will be encouraged. Please forgive me for my sins, as I forgive those who sin against me. When I forgive, I am forgiven. Keep my thoughts pure. Keep my heart pure. I will stand in Jesus. Thank you, Lord, for showing me your care and compassion. In Jesus’ Name I Pray, Amen.