«But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, ‘Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.’ And the woman was made well from that hour»
Jesus was on His way to Jairus’s house when a large crowd followed Him. Among the numerous followers was a woman who had been suffering from a debilitating illness for twenty years. Doctors and medication had consumed everything she had. Then, one day, she heard about Jesus and His miracles; hope was revived in her heart and she was convinced that He would heal her. But the large crowd, agitation, and tumult, made it difficult for this shy and fragile woman to pass through. Nevertheless, Christ passed very close to her—as close as the length of an arm. Would she let this opportunity pass? She was already used to her repeated failures, but now she seemed so close to her salvation! Would she move away with resignation? Not at all! With determination, she said to herself, «If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well» (v. 21). She suddenly extended her hand and touched Him and felt free from her suffering, for she healed! It was exactly what she had been looking for, and now with strength and vigor, she could peacefully return home. But Jesus did not want this to go unnoticed. He searched the crowd for whomever had touched him with so much faith. He waited until the woman gave her testimony and said kindly: «Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well» (Matt. 9:22).
Likewise, there are some people who need a personal encounter with the Savior, but they feel overwhelmed by the agitation and tumult of life. Others lack strength to reach Him. Even so, Christ passes very close, as close as the distance of a prayer. We know that whatever we ask for in prayer, when we believe we will receive it, then we will have it (Mark 11:24). «And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him» (1 John 5: 15). The only condition is to ask according to God’s will. «But it is the will of God to cleanse us from sin, to make us His children, and to enable us to live a holy life. So we may ask for these blessings, and believe that we receive them, and thank God that we have received them.» Steps to Christ, ch. 6, p. 51).
Today, we invite you to hold on to prayer. Do not miss the opportunity of receiving its blessings. Beyond the prevailing turmoil, you can raise a prayer to God and be certain that you will not go unnoticed. Everyone who clings to the Savior will hear the comforting words, «Your faith has saved you. Go in peace» (Luke 7:50).