1 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2 Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”
Matthew 9:1-2 NIV
1 And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. 2 And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.”
Matthew 9:1-2 ESV
1 Jesus got into the boat and returned to what was considered his hometown, Capernaum. 2 Just then some people brought a paraplegic man to him, lying on a sleeping mat. When Jesus perceived the strong faith within their hearts, he said to the paralyzed man, “My son, be encouraged, for your sins have been forgiven.”
Matthew 9:1-2 TPT
When Jesus saw their faith (NIV & ESV) or When Jesus perceived the strong faith with their hearts (TPT) is when Jesus forgave the paralyzed man of his sins. It was their faith, the faith of those who brought the man to Him, that led Jesus to forgive the paralyzed man of his sins.
Notice two versions have Jesus telling the man to Take heart and the other to be encouraged. Looking at numerous translations found some form of taking heart in eleven and those with some form of courage or be encouraged in fifteen, while another fifteen had some form of be of good cheer plus another eight to ten with what might be called various synonyms of these. I believe they are all fitting as both courage and good cheer come from the heart.
Returning to the faith Jesus saw or perceived, this is the cause of His resulting forgiveness and healing of the paralyzed man. There is a great lesson here for all of us. Pray and pray with the faith that if God so chooses He is able to grant the answer to prayer. Pray for those in need of healing, those in need of salvation, those who are persecuted, but pray and always pray with the faith that God can answer prayers of faith. It is faith that makes prayers powerful. Without faith they are simply empty words and become an empty ritual exercise. However, when faith leads one to pray and to hope, God can answer our prayers. Let your prayers come from your hearts, let your faith be throughout your prayers. Let your prayers be an expression of your faith, don’t let them become empty rituals.
Who do you know you can carry and place before God in prayer with great faith? Let God see the faith in your heart when you pray. He listens and what He wills to be will be. Trust in Him with all your heart as king David did
1 Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all His benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
4a who redeems your life from the pit
Find time today to pray from the depths of your heart for someone you know. Let your faith express itself in love (Galatians 5:6b) through your prayer.