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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 at that moment.
She reached out. Her condition had left her shunned. Anyone who came into contact with her would be deemed ceremonially unclean. Everyone stayed away, refusing to touch her. But she came up behind Jesus just to touch Him.
She reached out. A religious leader’s daughter had died and Jesus was on His way to heal her. This unclean woman touched the edge of His robe. Her great faith gave her the confidence that such a simple act would change her life. And it did.
She reached out. An act of faith. A confidence in the power of Jesus. A simple trust, void of ceremonial ritual. A desire to touch Jesus. And when she reached out, everything changed. The sickness was gone. Shunned no more, she was healed, restored and whole…because she reached out.
Father, I pray for the one who is sick in need of Your healing, who is lost in need of a Savior, who is shunned in need of restoration, who is down in need of lifting, who is discouraged in need of joy. Help them reach out to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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