Daily Devotion 27 April 2021
Luke 8:43-48 ‘Just a Touch of Faith’
43 Now there was a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years; and though she had spent all she had on physicians, no one could cure her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his clothes, and immediately her haemorrhage stopped. 45 Then Jesus asked, ‘Who touched me?’ When all denied it, Peter said, ‘Master, the crowds surround you and press in on you.’ 46 But Jesus said, ‘Someone touched me; for I noticed that power had gone out from me.’ 47 When the woman saw that she could not remain hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before him, she declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. 48 He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.’
Faith, as the writer to the Jewish church asserts, means putting our full confidence in what we hope for. That sick woman had such faith. We too may put our confidence in our God, who is aware of our needs and will answer our prayers offered in the name of Jesus. So whatever our need, whether for ourselves or for others, if we ask according to his will, we may be sure that they are heard and will be answered.
Lord Jesus, give us such faith as she had to trust in your power to heal. May we know that you forgive and restore us to a right relationship with yourself and with each other. Whatever we need Lord, reassure us of that love which will not let us go.
Thank you, Lord, for your forgiveness of our failings, our lack of trust in your almighty power to restore the brokenness of our lives; and may your peace and joy fill our hearts and minds this day and every day. Amen.
Reflection and Prayer © 2021 Hazel Blake.
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