Today’s devotion is based on Matthew 8:2,3, “A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, ‘Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.’ Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing.”
The healing powers of Jesus were so awesome that large crowds flocked to him, and the sick and possessed came forward or were brought to him by others because people had faith in the healing powers of Jesus.
What about today? Does Jesus still heal for after all sickness and death are all around us. There was sickness and dying all around Jesus also. And while he healed many, he certainly didn’t heal each ailment nor resurrected every dead person, although he certainly could have.
It is beyond us to know why some people are healed by Jesus and some are not. Maybe the answer is found in John 3:3 where it is recorded that Jesus said, “This happened so that the work of God might be displayed.”
So, while we will never know why physical restoration and healing happens in one instance and not another, we can be sure that we are completely healed spiritually when we put our trust in God. But just like the people who experienced Jesus’ healing power, let us never give up hope that physical healing is still a possibility at any time.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Jesus, our great physician, you heal and restore people deeply and completely. Your Holy Spirit has made me new and continues to restore my soul again and again. Help me to trust in your physical healing powers too and never give up hope in the endless acts of mercy you are able to outpour on us. Help us to trust and follow you whether we receive obvious answers to our prayers or not. Reassure us that you hear us and are working for the good of those who love you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.