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Synopsis of: Why Faith Is an Answer to Prayer and Prayer Is an Answer to Faith
Good and joyful day today to all Christian brothers and sisters on this the day the Lord has made. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite, we’re about to slice a piece of the Bread of Life, the Word of God. And today do I have a story to tell you. It comes from: MAR 5:20 through 34 “Jesus Heals a Woman”
Come with me to first-century Capernaum, a fishing village on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. This is the town Jesus called home as an adult. A woman was there. A woman. No name. No age. Could be any of us. Jesus has just arrived on the lakeshore. Our woman is “among them in the crowd” hoping no one recognizes her. She’s come a long way to see this man. Thirty miles, some scholars say—a great distance for a woman who is not only unclean but not well Unclean ?? Call it what you will—“a flow of blood” Not just one week a month, but every week of every month, she “suffered, …for twelve years. This unnamed woman has earned our sympathy through the pain, the shame, the hygiene issues, the anemia, the exhaustion. Desperate for relief, she did what we all do. She sought earthly help first, under the care of many doctors.
Her health shattered, money is gone. This is what makes her story so remarkable. She doesn’t give up on God, or question Him, or abandon her faith. And faith is all she will need.
Many of us struggle daily—with health concerns, money woes, loneliness, fears—wondering why God hasn’t delivered us from our misery. If he can end it, why doesn’t he? We cannot speak for God. We cannot explain why he acts or does not act. She heard about Jesus, He was the talk of the Galilee ….those healings and miracles? Our girl “heard the reports,” kept her ear to the ground and her heart open to the possibility; and she made tracks for Jesus . She didn’t just walk up to him, he came from behind, He could not see her. Why? Because she’s a bleeding woman. She really shouldn’t be out in public, where someone might brush against her. The rules for women during their monthlies were very strict: “anyone who touches her will be unclean till evening” (Leviticus 15:19). What matters most: she has the faith to reach out …because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Mark 5:28 She thought. She believed. She trusted. And because of that she put her faith in motion. Truth is, she did so miles ago when she left the safety of her home, with a walk of faith on the outside, and a leap of faith on the inside.
Too often we base our faith on how we feel. A better measure is how we act, what we do. James 2:17 says, “If it is just faith and nothing more—if it doesn’t do anything—it is dead.” She knew exactly the outcome she wanted and she believed with all her heart that it was possible. Mark 5:29 “her flow of blood was dried up at the source” Immediately her bleeding stopped… Hallelujah! …and she felt that she was freed from her suffering. All her burdens are gone in an instant. No more pain, no more shame, and no more blood.
At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. Mark 5:30 He asked, “Who touched my clothes?” Mark 5:30. He’s looking for her. He knows. However, the duh-sciples do not know. A miracle occurs right in front of them, and they miss it. We do the same, almost daily; usually because we’re looking in the wrong direction or thinking too much about ourselves. His disciples answered, “You see the people crowding against you, and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?”: Bless them, they are clueless.
The woman could have avoided his gaze, crawled away, kept her healing to herself. But those are cowardly acts, and faith always requires a measure of courage. …she stretched out her hand. And in this third act of faith: she throws herself at his mercy. Mark 5:33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet… This is so brave. The crowd might stone her for breaking the Law. No wonder she’s frightened. And yet, she speaks—another act of faith. …and, trembling with fear, she told Him the whole truth Luke 8:47 :“In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed”
Her faith is so strong, She believed, touched, was healed. Jesus said to her, “Daughter,…” Mark 5:34 It’s the only time Jesus addresses a woman as “Daughter,” and it’s this ostracized, unclean, don’t-get-anywhere-near-me woman. He’s telling everybody in the crowd, “She’s family. She’s one of us. She’s mine.” And then he tells her something amazing, “…your faith has healed you.” Mark 5:34 His last word to her is a sweet benediction. “Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Mark 5:34
So, just what is faith? Let’s look in the “good book.”
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
1 Peter 1:8 – 9 You love him even though you have never seen him. ( Perception —- your Mind )
Though you do not see him, you trust him; and even now you are happy with a glorious, inexpressible joy. ( Persuasion —- your Emotion ) Your reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls. ( Performance –— your Will
Now let’s look at The Demonstration of Faith
God accepted Abel’s offering to show that he was a righteous man. It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying – Noah built an ark to save his family from the flood. Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land without knowing where he was going. Sarah together with Abraham was able to have a child, even though they were too old and Sarah was barren, but Abraham believed that God would keep his promise.
Let’s talk about the Demands of faith
Isaiah 55:6 Jeremiah 29:13 If you look for me in earnest, you will find me when you seek me. 14 I will be found by you,” says the LORD. ” .” Perhaps we have no faith because we fail to seek.
So, I’d like to teach on 12 Keys of faith & prayers. Oh, I am quite aware that many people repeat some kind of memorized “mantra” to themselves, and end up “feeling better.. But that is not the kind of “answer to prayer” I am talking about. What I mean is direct, divine intervention by the personal God of the Bible. I want to set forth 12 basic “keys” to answered prayers, that if you follow you will begin to receive genuine answers to your prayers.
But…. before I continue with the 12 Keys of Faith & Prayers, let me play a short humorous sound track I believe you’d enjoy and understand what I mean about praying a “mantra.” –
(SOUND TRACK PLAYS HERE) See what I mean? Let’s go on with the 12 Keys.
Key #1—Pray Sincerely to the True God
Key #2—Study the Bible
Key #3—Deeply Repent of Your Sins
Key #4—Forgive Others
Key #5—God Often Hears the Unconverted
Key #6—Seek God’s Will
Key #7—Have Faith in God
Key #8—Be Persistent
Key #9—Pray Fervently
Key #10—Ask God to Fashion and Mold You
Key #11—Give Praise and Thanks to Almighty God
Key #12—Pray in the Name of Jesus Christ
In ancient Israel, the high priest only was allowed to go into the Most Holy Place of the tabernacle or temple—But today, because Jesus of Nazareth died for our sins, true Christians have direct access to the Father. We are ….
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