23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them. 25 Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.
Dear God, the healing part of Jesus’ ministry was interesting. A lot of prophets had come along before preaching repentance, and a few had healed here and there in special circumstances, but Jesus’ mass healing ministry was certainly something different. In a time when the doctors were very limited in what they could do, I can see how this would have caused people to seek him out in a way that we might not have today.
Healing is one of those interesting things that we say we believe in as Christians (to a point), but then, on the other hand, I think mainstream Christendom rejects the idea of the miraculous healing such as the crippled hand straightening, the lame walking, etc. We pray for people with colds or even cancer, hoping for a good report, but anything that would be obviously you acting on the person’s behalf is often rejected and put alongside the idea of speaking in tongues and other miraculous manifestations of the Spirit.
At the same time, there are charismatic churches that very much believe in these gifts. They seek these gifts and even exhibit these gifts. I have attended churches like this in the past. It is exciting to see someone miraculously healed. My problem is that my faith seems to not be strong enough to really believe it can happen before it happens.
Father, there are a lot of times when I can relate to the man who wants his child healed when he says, “I believe. Help my unbelief.” Father, I believe you can do all of these things—pretty much. I believe you can miraculously heal those with dramatic illnesses—pretty much. I believe you can turn water into wine, confuse an opposing army, and part the Red Sea—pretty much. What I need you to do is help my unbelief. Help me to really believe these things and not just “pretty much” believe in these things. Help me to pray in faith and work in faith. Help me to husband in faith and parent in faith. Be glorified in my life and eventually exhibit your power to others through me so that they might be drawn to you.