Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, 'If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.'
If one story of Jesus illustrates the essential elements for an impossible healing, it might be the woman with an issue of blood.* For twelve years she bled. For twelve years she hoped. For twelve years she tried to get healed--visiting doctor after doctor until she ran out of money. But she never ran out of hope.
Instead, she ran toward it. God rewards persistence.
In His ministry on Earth, Jesus healed thousands of people. Among them, a few are highlighted: each for a specific reason, and that reason is to teach us. If you or a loved one needs to be healed (who doesn't), learn the foundational requirements for God's Word to work.
Reciting His Word is a great thing, but even parrots can quote Scripture. Even Satan. To see His Word work in your life is the best thing. But the foundation must be right, which is to say your heart--as evidenced by your actions.
Of the people presented to us in the Gospels, those chosen to receive a miracle displayed three prerequisite qualities: humility, hope and faith.
They either lived in humble circumstances--like poverty or infirmity, or they humbled themselves before Jesus--like the centurion, the nobleman and Jairus, the synagogue ruler: 'Behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His Feet and begged Him earnestly' (Mark 5:22-23).
They had hope and refused to give it up--no matter the time, distance, expense, embarrassment or naysayers. When others fainted, they rallied--and went the distance. God says 'Hope does not disappoint' (Romans 5:5).
If 'Faith is the substance of things hoped for' (Hebrews 11:1), then an unrelenting hope yields an undying faith. This faith brought the substantiation of their dreams--in the form of miracles.
Like the woman with an issue of blood: 'Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction' (Mark 5:34).
If you are looking for a miracle, follow these steps: 1) Humble yourself. If you're waiting on God to humble you, you're wasting time. 2) Hold onto your hope and never release it. 3) Fuel your faith in His Word, His Spirit and good fellowship. 4) Follow your Leader and don't turn back. 5) Wait expectantly and trust God's timing.
To Be Continued...
* Woman with an issue of blood: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt%209:20-Matt%209:22,%20Mark%205:25-Mark%205:34,%20Luke%208:43-Luke%208:48
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Impossible Healings series.