By Noelia Orantes (January 21, 2022)
She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”
As we continue to fast and pray, do you find yourself struggling and ready to give up? If so, I have been there, and I want to tell you that God has a way of meeting you in the midst of your struggle. Wanting to quit is not a weakness: our greatest battles are won after we feel weak or faint.
There is good news! Jesus promised to never leave us. He is always with us.
(Luke 8:43-48) This unnamed woman was sick and had been suffering for a long time.
After years of suffering, she was desperate for change, and she needed a miracle. She hears Jesus is passing by and immediately she knows Jesus is the answer. This woman didn’t care about the obstacles and the crowd she had to get through. When she heard about Jesus, faith gave her courage, she was determined to get her miracle, she came up behind Jesus in the crowd and touched his cloak, and she thought, ‘If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed” (Mark 5:28).
As soon as she touches Jesus, her bleeding stops and she knows she’s been healed. The desperation to change her condition made this woman get over her fear of rejection, years of disbelief, discouragement and failure. That day she was determined to get her miracle: she didn’t give up, her faith guided her to Jesus, and she felt God’s power in her life.
Don’t regret the season of struggle and doubt; this allows us to have a bigger view of God. As we fast and pray we become a living sacrifice, offering the best of us to God, the Holy Spirit will guide us to living as He calls us to live. God loves us through the doubts and is present even in the moments when we want to walk away or quit. God’s compassion and mercy are new every morning. Don’t lose heart. You are not alone and God is near. He is not done with you yet.
Thank you, Father, for sustaining us in your grace and mercy. Strengthen our faith, Lord. Forgive our sins, so that we may be clean in your righteousness. Give us spiritual boldness, so we can fight the good fight and not give up. In Jesus’ name, Amen