Keep Reaching

Background Story: Jesus is walking through a crowd of people in a busy part of town with his disciples.

Read: Luke 8:43-48

43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.

45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked.

When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”

46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”

47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. 48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

Big Idea: Never stop bringing your need to God in prayer.

Jesus is walking through a super busy street and turns to his disciples and says, “Who touched me?” Somehow the touch of this woman was different from all of the crowds pressing in. Why?

We know two things for sure about this woman: she was determined and she had faith. She had lived for 12 years with a rare disease and spent all her money trying to find a cure. She was fed up. She was determined. She was going to touch Jesus and receive her miracle.

This passage says, “the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came.” You, dear friend, cannot go unnoticed by God. He sees you. He sees your circumstance. LIFT YOUR HEAD! Look up from your circumstance and look to Jesus in prayer. 1 Corinthians 1:9 says, “God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

A week prior to this moment, this woman had no idea that Jesus was coming to her street and probably assumed she was headed for year number 13 of dealing with this disease. Just because we might not see a change in our circumstance today does not mean that Jesus is not at work. Keep reaching through the crowds of your life towards Jesus. Keep pursuing Him in prayer and relationship. Have faith today that the God you serve SEES you and IS ABLE!

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