by Bible League International
Verse of the Day and Devotion
Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. – Luke 8:47 NKJV
I had a medical problem for quite a while. Like the woman in our verse for today, I tried a number of conventional medical treatments. (Luke 8:43) They took a lot of time, they took a lot of money, but nothing seemed to work. Although I believe the Lord can work through conventional methods and conventional doctors, although I have been helped by such methods and doctors in the past, for this problem they didn’t help at all. It was a frustrating time in my life. I began to think that my problem was something I would just have to live with.
Later, I heard about alternative treatments for my problem. I began to allow some hope back into my life. However, like the conventional methods, they took a lot of time, they took a lot of money, but nothing seemed to work. Although I believe the Lord can work through alternative methods and doctors as well, they didn’t work for me in this case. Needless to say, this was also a frustrating time in my life. I began to think, like the Apostle Paul, that the Lord wanted to make His strength perfect through my weakness. (II Corinthians 12:9)
One Sunday morning, a man from my church was praying a general prayer for the sick at the beginning of our church service. The man was known to have gifts of healing. (I Corinthians 12:9) I thought to myself that I would ask him to pray for me personally after the service. However, in his general prayer he prayed for people with my problem. “Now,” I thought to myself, “I don’t have to ask him to pray for me personally, since he just prayed for me in his general prayer. After all, why bother him needlessly?”
And then it happened. Like the woman in our verse for today, I was healed immediately. My problem was gone, never to return. All it took was a little faith. All it took was a mustard seed worth of faith. (Matthew 17:20) It couldn’t have been less dramatic. I didn’t even have to touch Him, or be touched by Him.
It just took a little faith.