Have you ever noticed that some Christians only cry out to God when they have a problem? Health, wealth, and prosperity can rob us of our sense of desperation. Love for this present world creeps into our lives subtly, like a spiritual leprosy and can damage our spiritual sensitivity. When that happens we have a tendency to believe we don't need God so we no longer cry out to Him.
Then trouble comes. Perhaps a deadly disease, a financial crisis,broken relationships. In these moments of desperation we cry out to God. But it's during these times that God may choose to give us something more than just the momentary relief of our present situation. He gives us His grace and His mercy. Let's look at both of these gifts as we study our text today in Luke 8:40-56.