[A desperate and lonely woman who had been ill for years came to Jesus for healing.] She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” — Matthew 9:21
Thoughts on Today’s Verse….
The woman who said this to herself knew ostracism and loneliness because of her 12 year bout with an illness that made her unclean under Jewish law. She was imprisoned in isolation because of this condition. Just as Jesus freed her from her prison (vs. 22), he longs to free you from yours as well. What holds you captive? Jesus longs to give you freedom through five gifts: 1) the Scripture to help you know God’s will, 2) your surrender to his lordship, 3) cleansing from your sin and guilt, 4) the gift of the Holy Spirit to empower you, and 5) a family of brothers and sisters in Christ to support you and hold you accountable. These are God’s five precious keys to freedom.
Father, I pray today for all those who need deliverance from Satan’s grip in whatever form he has in their lives. In Jesus’ mighty and holy name I confidently pray. Amen