Luke 4:38-44; 1 John 5:1-12
In Luke 4, we find Jesus in Peter’s home healing people of all sorts of afflictions from dusk to dawn. We can imagine there were some hurt feelings and disappointments when Jesus moved on the next day. Many still wanted to see him and experience his healing presence. People today are feeling the same way.
Throughout the New Testament, faith is underscored as our powerful connection to God’s healing and comforts for our well-being. On the other hand, we are cautioned by Moses (Deut. 6:16), by Jesus Christ (Luke 4:12), and also by Paul (1Cor. 10:9) that we must not put the Lord to the test. In other words, pray and believe. Our prayers to God are not hit and miss experiments; faith is the key ingredient. Jesus proclaimed that the faith of those who were healed had made them well.
Jesus addresses our ultimate healing needs today saying “whoever lives and believes in me will never die” (John 11:26). In 1 John 5:5, we are told that the one “who believes Jesus is the Son of God” overcomes the world. For the healing of a lifetime, invite Jesus into your life and believe in him as your Lord and Savior.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, grant me the fullness of your healing. Help me put my complete faith in you. Amen.
Today’s devotion is written by Rev. Robert V. Alle, NALC Pastor