According to Your Faith

A woman with a chronic hemorrhage said to herself, “if only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” She was right. As soon as she touched Jesus, she was healed. Jesus immediately explained to her that not the action of her hand, but the faith in her heart, had made her well. Later, two blind men begged Jesus to have mercy upon them. “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” He asked them. “Yes!” they replied. “According to your faith let it be to you,” He replied, as He touched their eyes, and immediately their blindness disappeared. Why did faith in Jesus bring such results? Such trust in Jesus demonstrates a confidence in His pity and in His power. These people believed that Jesus could perform the impossible, and that He would, if only they approached Him. Their faith showed that they believed the reports they had heard about Jesus. They considered Him to be great in His power, and good in His person. Jesus did not promise that any sort of belief would work miracles. He commended only that sort of faith which focuses on Jesus as the Son of God, willing and able to demonstrate God’s mercy and majesty towards the needy. We, too, can approach Christ with this type of confidence. In prayer, we can ask Him to give us all that we need to glorify God on this earth. First and foremost, faith in Christ brings us forgiveness of sins. Then, as we rely on Him, we receive power to follow in His steps. If He thinks that we need healing to serve Him more effectively, He will grant us good health. Otherwise, He will enable us to serve Him out of our weakness.