Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”

Luke [17:19]


When we first go to Christ with our illnesses, both physical and spiritual, we are expressing a hopeful faith. Perhaps we have been left with no place to turn, or perhaps this is a repeating occurrence. Regardless, it remains a hopeful faith. It is this combining of our faith, led by a desire to be healed, that we form a partnership with our Lord. This partnership creates a path of healing. We do not know where it leads, but it ends with an intimate communion with Christ. Though we may not know how in advance, our hopeful faith will bear fruit. We are assured we will find an answer. It will be revealed to us in a magical way that is so very personal, only we will recognize it as meant for us. Through this answer, we will be freed and able to go on our way.

Points of Reflection

  • Why is it important that we have a hopeful faith when we pray?
  • How does our own faith connect with Jesus when we pray?
  • How do we rely on Jesus during difficult times, and why do we?

Blessings, until next time,
Bruce L. Hartman

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