“Now Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for 18 years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. Luke 13:10-13 NRSV
Jesus Heals Afflicted Woman
By all accounts, when the woman entered the synagogue that Sabbath day, she was not expecting healing. After all, she had been there at least once a week for the last 18 years and had received none. Who knows if her hope was long gone by that time. Somehow, she learned to live crippled under the weight of her burden. Like a physical illness, for affliction accompanied her everywhere she went. In all likelihood, all of her experiences were filtered through this affliction. However, she remained faithful to God. She wasn’t actively seeking help. She simply wanted to honor him on the Sabbath.
However, Jesus saw her. He knew her pain, and He called her over.
He saw her.
How many people looked at her, shook their head, and went about their way? They dismissed her affliction with pity. If you probably whispered prayers along the lines of, “I’m sure glad that’s not me. Bless her God.“ However, Jesus did not pity her, he took action! He set her free.
Jesus still heals
I have battled depression for most of my life. It clings to me like the humid weather in Florida. It affects everything I do and all of my relationships. There have been many days that I’ve been crippled by the affliction of depression.
However, I know that Jesus wants to heal me of this. I just have to leave the healing in his hands. I can’t keep picking it up. I can’t let the enemy convince me that depression is God‘s best for me. I can’t let the enemy convince me that depression is my lot in life. No. Rather, I can choose to claim God‘s healing today, then every day that comes.
It's Your Turn
And you can too. What’s tormenting you may be crippling you on the inside, and it may be something no one sees.
But Jesus sees you and he wants to set you free.
If you have nothing crippling you, take time to praise God and pray for others who need to be set free.
Heavenly Father, I lift up your name in praise today with thanks for your grace and mercy that are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness to us. I pray for my friends that are reading this and have an affliction that is crippling them. I pray that they will find their identity in you and not their affliction. I pray that they would be willing to accept your healing for them. Grant them your peace that passes all understanding and guard them, Lord. Protect their hearts and minds and bodies and soul from the enemy this day and forever more. I pray that as they claim your healing they would begin to experience your peace every single day. I pray that your Spirit would inhabit these friends and guide them on the path of healing and wholeness that you have for them. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
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