This verse has been stirring in my heart today. I feel Holy Spirit’s emphasis on the word “touching.” I believe that this contains a gem of revelation for us about prayer.
Sometimes we overcomplicate the idea of praying. Daddy wants us to keep it simple. Remember, He has called us to childlikeness. Children are not complicated in the way they make requests of their parents. When the parents have nurtured their child according to God’s design, spontaneous and deep trust results. The little one simply approaches her parents with innocent expectation, expressing her need. This is how we are to pray.
“Touching any thing they shall ask.” Touching — what is a godly touch? It is contact between two beings, in a soft and gentle way. When you pray, simply reach out with your faith and touch Daddy. With one hand, touch your petition, your need. With the other, touch Him. Touch Him with the innocent anticipation of a child who knows her Father will, of course, meet all her needs. Through this trusting point of contact, a transaction happens. He receives your request. Know that He has heard you with all the immense love of His heart, and His answer is on the way.
When we pray this way, it’s much easier to incorporate these moments with Daddy into our daily routines. As soon as anything comes to our mind that is a need, we pause for a moment. We gently reach out and touch Him with that request. Then we continue on with the current activity occupying our attention, light hearted because the One who loves us more than His own life has heard us. As the day progresses, we do this again and again. This is how we live out the instruction, “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17).
As we contemplate these matters, let’s take our cue from the woman with the issue of blood. “She said to herself, ‘If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed’” (Matt. 9:21, NIV). Reach out and touch Him today. That is all that you need. His power will flow into you when you do so!
Is power transfer through touch for us today? What do you understand about the dynamics of this Scripture: “God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them” (Acts 19:11-12, NIV)? Have you ever felt power flow into you when someone laid hands on you to pray?