I spent many years praying and halfway believing that what I prayed for would come into fruition. My faith, to say the lease, was almost nonexistent. It took me quite a while to learn that hope is a vital component in prayer. Faith, in my opinion, is the act of believing that whatever it is you ask of God, it will come into fruition. You have to put some faith behind that prayer!
“If I only touch his clothes, I will be healed.”-Mark 5:28 (NIV)
That brings me to the story of the woman with a blood disorder (Mark 5:25-34). This woman had been suffering for twelve years with this blood disorder. She suffered greatly under the care of doctors and spent all that she had to receive care ONLY for her condition to worsen. I can only imagine the frustration she must have felt. I’m sure she, at some point, lost hope that she would ever heal.
That was until she heard about Jesus. She learned that He performed miracles to several others, and she wanted to be amongst the healed. All she desired was to be able to touch his clothes because touching his clothes would bring relief to her body. Immediately after doing so, she immediately felt a sense of relief. The blood disorder that she had been dealing with for most of her life was gone!
Jesus paused after realizing that power had left him. He asked the crowd, “Who touched my clothes (Mark 5:30)?” The woman that had the blood disorder confessed to what she had done. Jesus told her:
“Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”-Mark 5:34 (NIV)
Her faith made her whole again! That fact that she knew that all she had to do was touch his clothes to become healthy is a definite indicator of faith.
Reading the story of this unknown woman’s faith causes me to question my own. As I sit here typing this Bible study, I’m thinking to myself, “This woman had to have had loads of faith to be able to know that by touching Jesus’ clothes, she would be able to live a life without having to deal with that blood disorder! I need that type of faith!!” We all need that type of faith.
Let’s make it a habit this year, 2020, to be filled with the confidence to know that every single thing that we pray and work hard for, will be given to us! Even on those days when it seems like all hope is lost, have faith as small as a mustard seed.
If you’ve ever seen a mustard seed, you would know that they are teeny tiny. Jesus said:
” If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”-Matthew 17:20
Bible Verses To Read & Study:
- Deuteronomy 31:6
- Isaiah 41:10
- Mark 5:25-34