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Faith Necessary for Blessing / Miracle


People who came seeking miraculous favors from Jesus initially expressed their faith (Mt 8:2) or expressed it when Jesus checked for that quality in them (Mk 9:23-24).

When Jesus was about to enter a house, two “blind men caught up with him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do what you want?” They answered, “We do, Lord!” (Mt 9:28). They proved their faith through persistence until they got what they wanted. Jesus kindly granted them the favour they asked.

When a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years got healing from Jesus, he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction” (Mk 5:34).

When a man pleaded with Jesus to heal his son possessed with a mute spirit, Jesus told him, “Everything is possible to one who has faith” (Mk 9:23).

While giving sight to the blind Bartimaeus, Jesus said, “your faith has saved you” (Mk 10:52).

A comparable situation occurred with a centurion. Jesus told him, “‘You may go; as you have believed, let it be done for you.’ And at that very hour his servant was healed” (Mt 8:13).

Though the paralytic and his four friends did not express their faith in words, they did demonstrate it in action and got healing (Mk 2:3-12).

At other times, Jesus complimented them on their faith (Mt 15:28) and told them that their faith favoured them with wellness (Mt 9:22). Thus, faith was a precondition of the miracles Jesus performed. While he was in Nazareth, “he did not work many mighty deeds there because of their lack of faith” (Mt 13:58; Mk 6:5-6).

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