Thursday Morning: 02 May 2019 – Mark 5:21-43 ~ faith and healing

Thursday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (A Collect for Guidance – Thursday)

Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Mark 5:21-43 (NLT)

Jesus Heals in Response to Faith

Jesus got into the boat again and went back to the other side of the lake, where a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. Then a leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, arrived. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet, pleading fervently with him. “My little daughter is dying,” he said. “Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live.”

Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around him. A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition.

Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?”

His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’”

But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”

While he was still speaking to her, messengers arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. They told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.”

But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”

Then Jesus stopped the crowd and wouldn’t let anyone go with him except Peter, James, and John (the brother of James). When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw much commotion and weeping and wailing. He went inside and asked, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.”

The crowd laughed at him. But he made them all leave, and he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying. Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!” And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed. Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell anyone what had happened, and then he told them to give her something to eat.
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Morning Reflection:

Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well.
Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”
– Mark 5:3

In today’s reading, Jesus demonstrates his Kingdom authority over life (Jairus’ daughter) and health (woman with bleeding). In both cases, Jesus heals in responds to the faith of the people involved, but let’s focus on the woman’s healing.

+ Jesus: His healing power did not work automatically, like a power surge cause by a short-circuit (the woman’s touch).

  • Jesus became aware in himself, without any external suggestion, the significance of the woman’s touch, and, was actively willing to honor her faith.
  • His power, the inherent ability to perform, was always under the control of His conscious volition.
  • His consciousness of that power going forth from Him suggests that His healing ministries cost Jesus much spiritual energy.
  • It would explain why He found it necessary at times to escape the crowds to find time for refreshing through fellowship with the Father.

+ The woman: Could feel that her body had been healed.

  • Her faith arose out of desperation, she was willing to try anything, and Jesus represented her best hope for healing.
  • Jesus clarifies her healing and calms her fears; her faith healed her not the touching of a piece of cloth.
  • She is called “daughter,” her faith in Jesus has brought her into his spiritual family.
  • “Go in peace” – not simple just freedom from inward anxiety, but the wholeness or completeness of life that comes from being brought into a right relationship with God.

Questions for consideration:

  • Have you ever been desperate for Jesus’ healing touch? What did you do? What did Jesus do?  Please explain.
  • Have you ever prayed, asking Jesus to heal another person? Was touch involved in any way? What happened? Please explain.
  • Are you waiting for Jesus to do something miraculous in your life? Are you waiting in faith? Or have you lost hope? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

Prayer for churches to rise up:

Lord Jesus: Awaken your church to the critical needs of believers around the world who are suffering calamity and great persecution. Grant that we would be faithful in prayer, and generous in our giving for physical support. Rally your church around those who are suffering for your name’s sake. And empower us by your Spirit to engage our political leaders, especially here in America, in order to remind them that Christian persecution is a real issue that must be addressed in our time. I ask this in your name, and for the Father’s glory. Amen.

My Prayer:

Lord Jesus: Come to us with your healing power. Pour out your Spirit on all who believe. And for those who are desperate, help them, heal them, give them hope, and grant them your peace. For your name’s sake, and the Father’s glory. Amen.
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“Healing Rain” – Michael W. Smith

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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