While he was saying these things to them, suddenly a leader of the synagogue came in and knelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.” And Jesus got up and followed him, with his disciples. Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, for she said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well.” Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well. When Jesus came to the leader’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, “Go away; for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. And the report of this spread throughout that district.
The thing that amazes me most about the healing stories is the confidence of the people in Jesus’s healing abilities. The synagogue leader is so sure Jesus can heal his daughter (who, by the way, is DEAD) by only laying His hands on her. And the hemorrhaging woman doesn’t think Jesus even needs to DO anything, but that it might be enough to simply touch his cloak. And it’s this very confidence, this faith in Jesus that allows these people to be healed. If a copy-cat without true faith tried the same, it probably wouldn’t have worked.
And can we just talk about the fact that Jesus brought the girl freaking BACK TO LIFE! How crazy is that? In the old magic stories the first rule is always that magic can’t bring back the dead. Even the Genie can’t do it. BUT JESUS CAN.
If He can bring someone back from the dead, how mundane and simple must our ordinary every day troubles seem. And imagine all the good He could do for us if we just had the faith. All it takes for God to work miracles in our lives is faith! And, of course, it never hurts to ask and pray about it!
But I do think it’s important to stress (even though this particular story does not) that God’s not going to just do whatever we want. He isn’t going to solve your money problems if that’s not His plan for you. He isn’t going to help you get pregnant if He wants you to adopt. But when our prayers are in line with His will, there is nothing God can’t do for us.