Recently I came across a devotional I wrote a couple years ago for church. I love the passage in Matthew 9 about the woman who is healed because of her faith. I thought this was worth a post....and I'm thinking 2011 needs to be a year when I pray, "Lord increase my faith!"
Jesus turned and saw her. "Take heart, daughter," he said, "your faith has healed you." And the woman was healed from that moment. - Matthew 9:22
Do you believe?
Each year in January I pick a theme for the year. My theme is a word I want to focus on, learn about or an area I want to improve on in my life. In the past I have chosen words like discipline, obedience and truth. This year I chose faith as my theme: growing in my faith and believing that God is faithful.
Matthew 9:20-22 is all about faith. There are just a couple sentences to her story, but it is a powerful one: Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, "If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed." Jesus turned and saw her. "Take heart, daughter," he said, "your faith has healed you." And the woman was healed from that moment.
There are three parts to her story:
1. Her belief that she only needed to touch Jesus’ cloak be healed.
2. Following through on her belief.
3. The woman was healed.
Verse 22 says, “She said to herself if I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” How did she have so much faith that she believed she only needed to touch his cloak to be healed?
She believed so strongly in Jesus’ healing power, that she reached out and touched his cloak. She stepped out in faith.
And what happened? Jesus responded, “Take heart daughter, your faith has healed you.” Matthew says that she was healed from that moment.
Take a moment to read Matthew 9:27-31. “…the blind men came to him, and he asked them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?"
"Yes, Lord," they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith will it be done to you"; and their sight was restored.”
Do I believe? Do I have faith? Luke 17:5 guides me in how to pray about faith: “The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"
I want 2007 to be a year when I pray to the Lord, "Increase my faith!" Would you consider praying that as well?
If Jesus were to ask you today: “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” what would your response be? Do you believe? Call upon the power of heaven to help you believe. While you are praying for faith, pray that God would heal you physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Ask God to pour out his healing spirit on your broken heart or broken dream, your disease, your loss, sadness, depression, or anger. Ask God to heal you from anything that is not of him.