In the New Testament we encounter people such as Bartimaeus – people who come to Jesus to find healing. They do no come hoping He can heal them. They come knowing He can heal them. There is a big difference.
In a lot of these cases, Jesus assures them that it is their faith that has made them well. It is the difference between hoping and knowing. He reassures them that it is their faith that has brought them to Him and their faith that has driven the healing. Like the man by the pool, like the woman with the bleeding problem, like the centurion, Bartimaeus did what he needed to do to be close enough to Jesus to find healing.
Two thousand years later many people still long for Jesus’ touch and for healing from Him. We cannot be physically touched by Jesus but in faith we call on His name and know that He will draw near. In faith we ask Jesus for those things we need to find healing and wholeness. When we experience His presence and healing, it is still for one of the reasons people in Jesus’ day did: to restore them to a full life or to begin them on their journey as a new creation in Christ.
When we pray to Jesus for healing or to restore a broken relationship or… , sometimes the healing in physical. sometimes it is emotional, sometimes it is spiritual, and sometimes it is a combination of these. Whatever the case, in faith we call out and in faith we know that Jesus will draw near. It is through His presence in our times of need that we grow in our faith, just like Bartimaeus did. In faith, call on His name – shout it out if you have too – and lean into His arms.
Scripture reference: Mark 10: 46-52