June 30, 2018
Mark 5:21-34…“He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.’” vs. 34
Wherever Jesus went in his Galilean ministry he attracted crowds who had heard of his healing touch. They brought family members and friends, and came expecting that Jesus could heal them. And many times that’s exactly what happened. Our ideas about healing have changed somewhat in the last 2000 years. We’re more likely now to search out credentialed and well-trained physicians or go to a clinic for our healing. But one thing has not changed, and that’s the part played by faith. Both patients and doctors are aware that there’s more involved in healing than technical skill or appropriate medicines. The surgeon can make the proper cuts but the mending of tissues is the work of God and that’s the way it’s always been. It’s not that we should leave doctors out of the equation and just search out the faith healers–that would be foolishness indeed. But neither should we ever discount the power or efficacy of faithful prayer. Of course it’s a mystery; many times our prayers seem to be in vain and often people who don’t have faith are healed. We’ll never be able to figure those things out. But not understanding the power of God is no reason to think that it doesn’t play a big part in healing. In the Body of Christ, prayers for healing will always be a part of our life together.
Thought for the Day: Who needs God’s healing today?