What an unexpected, and yet mighty miracle this was. This woman had been hemorrhaging blood for twelve years. She had been to every physician, tried every type of medication, and been to every miracle-healer – all to no avail. She had recently heard that Jesus was in the area, and knowing His reputation as a “healer of diseases,” she had joined the crowds that were following Him. When the opportunity presented itself, she pressed through the crowd to touch the hem of His garment. She had thought to herself, “If only I can touch his garment, I may be healed.” And the Bible says that as soon as she touched the fringe of His robe, “immediately her bleeding stopped, and she could feel that she had been healed!” More than she could have ever imagined happened when she reached out and touched the garment of Jesus!
Question – “What has happened in your life when you have reached out and ‘touched’ the Lord?” Many people never reach out and “touch” the Lord. They go through life, even though they have struggles and adversity like the woman in our text, never seeking to solve their problems by reaching out and encountering the Lord. Others reach out and seek to “touch” the Lord by attending church, becoming religious, getting baptized, etc. Those individuals are seeking to experience the power of Jesus through external changes and actions – and they rarely ever experience His healing and transforming touch in their lives. It is only those who are desperate to reach out and touch the Lord and who have the faith to do so that truly experience the life-changing and healing power of Jesus in their lives.
Second Question – “When have you last been so desperate for the Lord and His power in your life that you have done all that you could to ‘reach out and touch Him’?” The people who truly experience the miraculous power of the Lord in their lives are those who are desperate to reach Him and touch Him. Moses prayed, “Show me your glory, or else I will die” (Exodus 33:18). David sung, “As the deer pants for the water so my soul longs after You” (Psalm 42:4). Paul wrote, “I want to know Him (Jesus), and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings” (Philippians 3:10-11). It is when we are desperate to know the Lord and touch the Lord that we experience the greatest miracles in our lives!
Third Question – “How do we know when we desperately want to touch and experience the Lord?” When we are more anxious to meet with Him than anyone else, we know that we desperately want to touch and experience the Lord. When our devotional time is more important than any other activity in our lives, we know that we desperately want to touch and experience the Lord. When He is the sole solution to the dreams, needs, problems and desires of our lives, we know that we desperately want to touch and experience the Lord. Jesus promised that when we reach that point of hunger and desires, our prayers will be answered and our needs will be met. He said in the Sermon on the Mount, “Blessed are those who hunger and seek after righteousness, for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6).
As you pray today: 1) Pray that the Lord will give you a great hunger and desire to “touch Him” and “know Him;” 2) Pray that you will find Him in your searching – and that in doing so you will experience His miraculous power in your life; and 3) Pray that you are willing to give your strength and energy in ministry as Jesus did. Jesus realized that “healing power had gone out from Him.” We will be like Jesus when we “reach out and touch Him” – and then when we extend that healing power to others!