What Jesus Did! 'Affirming Her Faith to Give Her Peace' — Luke 8:44-48

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Coming up behind Jesus, she touched the fringe of his robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped. "Who touched me?" Jesus asked. Everyone denied it, and Peter said, "Master, this whole crowd is pressing up against you." But Jesus said, "Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me." When the woman realized that she could not stay hidden, she began to tremble and fell to her knees in front of him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched him and that she had been immediately healed. "Daughter," he said to her, "your faith has made you well. Go in peace."
— Luke 8:44-48 NLT
Illustration of Luke 8:44-48 NLT — "your faith has made you well. Go in peace."

Key Thought

This woman comes for healing. She receives much more than that. Jesus refuses for the woman to receive an anonymous miracle. Instead, he has her come forward and then praises her faith and dismisses her to live in peace. She is not only healed; she is praised! In her fear she ventures out in faith and receives a double blessing.

Today's Prayer

O LORD God, my Abba Father, may my faith be as bold and as unrelenting as this woman's faith. Stir me to courage and action. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 21:21
  • Luke 7:4-9
  • Mark 6:5

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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