Day 54~ Luke 13
With my nurse background, it’s hard for me to read about the lady bent over for 18 years and not think of a medical condition like scoliosis or an extreme case of Kyphosis. My initial thought is that her condition was hereditary or caused by osteoporosis. I would not be thinking it was caused by a demon (for 18 years)!
Today’s treatment would include surgery or braces and physical therapy. Sadly, the last thing I would think of is prayer to expel a demon! Jesus knew it was demonic. “And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for 18 years be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?” (13:16)
What does that say about us today? Have we come so far in our medical knowledge that we utterly ignore the spiritual. Who do you think loves that?! In fact, if a Christian were to attribute symptoms or behavior to demonic influence, he/she would be ridiculed by the non-believing medical community.
This is where I pray for the Lord to increase my faith! I have been trained to think “science” in my education, so it is a battle for me to think other wise. Yet, I pray that my first response would be to pray for healing from the Lord, instead of my first response of seeking medical attention. And, if that means to pray for demons to depart, may I know when to do that as well!
What a wonderful thing if we Christians, me included, prayed, with faith, for healing. We too would see as those saw with Jesus, “all his adversaries were put to shame and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.” (13:17).