Helping Couples Deal With Chronic Disease

“And He (Jesus Christ) said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”

Mark 5:34
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40. Health Benefits of Prayer

Source: European Journal of Cancer Care – At a leading cancer center in Southern California, researchers surveyed 101 patients with prostate cancer and their spouses, to see how religion can help people cope with chronic illness. They compared the impact of religious beliefs and practice if both spouses were or were not religious, or if only one spouse was religious. The study concluded that if both husband and wife shared religious beliefs and these helped them cope with the disease, problems were more easily resolved.

Spiritually: The Bible New Living Translation (NLT)Mark 5:25-30 stated, “A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. 26 She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. 27 She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind Him through the crowd and touched His robe. 28 For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch His robe, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition. 30 Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from Him, so He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched My robe?”
31 His disciples said to Him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched Me?’”
32 But He kept on looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell at His feet and told Him what she had done. 34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”

Life Application: iLumina Bible Studies – In the crowd that pressed on our Lord Jesus Christ was another person in need of divine help. A woman who had had a hemorrhage (that is, bleeding; this may have been a menstrual or uterine disorder) for twelve years. The bleeding caused the woman to be in a constant condition of ritual uncleanness (see Leviticus 15:25-33). She could not worship in the synagogue, and she could not have normal social relationships, for anyone who came into contact with her would also become unclean. Thus, the woman was treated almost as severely as a leper. She had suffered and become destitute in trying to get a cure. There was no hope for alleviating her suffering, until she heard about our Lord Jesus Christ.

The woman worked her way through the crowd and came up behind Lord Jesus. She knew she only had to touch His clothing and she would be healed. The decision to touch Lord Jesus’ garment was due to the popular belief that the clothes of a holy man imparted spiritual and healing power (see Mark 6:56; Acts 19:11-12). She may have feared that Lord Jesus would not touch her if He knew her condition. Or she may have feared that if her disease became known to the crowd, the people who had touched her would be angry at having become unclean unknowingly. The woman knew she could be healed, but she tried to do it as unobtrusively as possible. She thought that she would just get healed and go away.

The moment the woman touched our Lord Jesus’ garment, the bleeding stopped. The disease that had weakened her body for years suddenly disappeared. She felt the difference and knew not only that the pain had stopped, but that she was also completely healed of the disease. What a moment of incredible joy this must have been for this woman!

The healing had been immediate upon the woman’s touch (Mark 5:29); our Lord Jesus’ knowledge of the healing was also immediate. As the woman felt the healing of her body, Lord Jesus felt the supernatural healing power go out of Him. Someone had touched Him in order to be healed, that person’s faith had allowed the healing to take place, and Lord Jesus perceived what had happened. Our Lord Jesus’ question, “Who touched my clothes?” had a definite purpose. Whether Lord Jesus already knew who touched Him or not is inconsequential. What mattered was that Lord Jesus wanted to establish a relationship with this woman. She had hoped to go away undetected. Lord Jesus, having healed her physically, wanted to heal her spiritually as well.

Reference: The Mind Health Report – Special Report from Newsmax

THE PRIORITY OF PRAYER by Dr. Charles Stanley of InTouch Ministries https://www.intouch.org/watch/the-priority-of-prayer

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