A Prayer for Healing and Grace
By Debbie McDaniel
“…she came up behind Him in the crowd and touched His cloak, because she thought, ‘If I just touch His clothes, I will be healed.'” Mark 5:27-28
She’d been suffering for years with an illness, a bleeding disorder. She’d been to many doctors and yet still was not made well, in fact the Bible says that she grew worse. But something compelled her to Christ. She believed. She had faith.
The Bible says that “Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.” (v. 29) God acted on her behalf…”immediately.” Right away. His Power is able to do anything that seems impossible to the world.
Jesus knew that power had gone out…He turned around in the crowd, looking, and asked “Who touched my clothes?” (v. 30)
She came and fell at His feet, trembling in fear, told Him what happened, told Him the truth.And right there in the midst of her fear and her trembling and her vulnerability, He said these powerful words. Life-changing, inspiring, freedom words, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” (v. 34)
Let’s set aside our fears and move towards Him today, in faith. God knows already, the wounds we’ve carried, He knows the pain we’ve felt, He knows how much we’ve tried to let go, and fix things in our own power. He is Able. He cares. He heals. He restores. He redeems.
We confess our need for you today. We need your healing and your grace. We need hope restored. We need to be reminded that you work on behalf of those you love, constantly, powerfully, completely. Forgive us for trying to fix our situations all on our own. Forgive us for running all different directions and spinning our wheels to find help, when true help and healing must be found first in You. Forgive us for forgetting how much we need you, above everyone and everything else. We come to you and bring you the places we are hurting. You see where no one else is able to fully see or understand. You know the pain we’ve carried. The burdens. The cares. You know where we need to be set free. We ask for your healing and grace to cover every broken place. Every wound. Every heartache. Thank you that you are Able to do far more than we could ever imagine. Thank you for your Mighty Power that acts on behalf of your children. We reach out to you, and know that you are restoring and redeeming every place of difficulty, every battle, for your greater glory. Thank you that you will never waste our pain and suffering. We love you. We need you today.
In Jesus’ Name,
Editor’s Note: Content taken from the blog, Jesus Heals: Hope from the Woman Who Reached Out to Touch Him, written by Debbie McDaniel. You can read that piece in full here. All rights reserved.
Dear lord, I have been dishonest many times throughout my life. I have betrayed and deceived people. Over the past year, I have tried to become a better person. I want to live a life that is true and good. I don’t want to be a cheater or a liar, and I have changed my ways.
I treat those around me with love and respect. But now I am at crossroads. My old way of living is still a shadow on my new life and I’m at risk of losing important opportunities for growth because of things I did and said in the past. Please let me move forward.
Please don’t let my old mistakes haunt the new light of my present and future. Please forgive me for my sins and help me to move forward with positivity and joy. I will continue to change my ways for the better. I solemnly vow that I will not lie, cheat, or say unkind things. I will make the world a better place through time, love, effort, energy and charity.
Today has scared me and I have learned my lesson. Please grant me the grace to escape my sins and continue to become a better person. Please dear lord. Forgive me and help me to shine and shine on those around me who I love and who don’t deserve to pay for my sins and weaknesses.
Please grant me this one wish. I will do everything in my power to make it up through my actions from this day forward. Amen.