Stretch Forth Your Hand

And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other.
— Luke 6:10

Jesus is the One with the power to make a miracle happen. But, he often requires the receiver to participate. In this story in Luke 6, Jesus said, "Stretch forth thy hand."

Notice the next sentence- he did so: and his hand was restored. 

He didn't question Jesus or hold a debate with Him. He didn't say, but Lord my hand has been like this so long, I don't think I can overcome this. I don't think this situation is ever going to improve. 

No. He was obedient and he received his healing. 

When we pray, do we do so with expectancy knowing that our prayer has been heard? Are we willing to stretch forth our hands in anticipation and participation? 

Or do we just sort of hope that maybe God will do something, but don't really expect it? Waiting to see? 

Faith is believing before seeing. 

"O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him." Psalm 34:8

Stretch forth your hand. 

To Ponder:

Do I believe God will work on my behalf enough to stretch forth my hand?


Father God, I believe. I stretch forth my hand now for the healing and goodness that You have for me. I thank You for making me whole. For restoring what needs restoration. For healing what needs to be healed. For transforming what needs to be transformed.

Thank You, Father God in Jesus name. Amen

Lori HilComment