Yes I believe there is power in touch.
Power is transmitted by touch from one person to an other. Love is transmitted by touch. Warmth is transmitted by touch. Care is transmitted by the touch of a hand. Reassurance is transmitted by touch. Welcome and greeting are transmitted by a hand shake. Healing is transmitted by touch. Comfort is transmitted by touch. We keep warm by touch. Touch brings peace, stillness and rest.
An embrace demonstrates inclusiveness, the opposite of rejection. A pet, whether it is a cat, chicken, dog or horse responds to the touch of his owners hand. They are reassured that they are important to their owner.
Christian marriage vows include the words, “Do you take (name) to be your wife to have and to hold from this day forth. Having someone to hold or touch is necessary for people. God said it was not good for man to be alone. Marriage is important for companionship. Ecclesiastes says Two are better than one. When they lie down they keep warm. This is so true as we approach winter.
I want to give you some examples of the power of touch.
A new born baby was revived when he lay on his mother’s breast. The mum spoke to her lifeless child while she and her husband lovingly touched him. Another new born baby was placed on his mother’s chest as she lay in a coma. Her heart responded to the baby’s cry. The mother made a full recovery.
Life and healing flow through touch. How comforting for each of my babies to be held in their father’s big hands. My husband was at the birth of each child and held each one and welcomed him into the world with his voice and reassuring touch.
When I held each of my new born babies in my arms love flowed from my heart to the baby. The baby automatically began to suckle when he touched my breast. My body responded to my baby’s touch by producing milk for the baby. In the early years of a child’s life he will feel his dad and mum’s touch often. It is in the family that we learn about touch. In public people keep their boundaries and don’t often touch.
Jesus broke that protocol. He and his disciples touched people outside of family to impart healing.
In the Bible, the first mention of Jesus touching anyone happens when he lays hands on the little children. The women wanted Jesus to lay hands on their children and pray.
Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there. (Matthew 19:7, 13-15 NIV)
He touched a little girl and heals her.
Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” (Mark 5:22-23 NIV)
It was important for Jesus to touch people to impart healing.
“Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.”(Luke 4:40 KJV)
A woman with a issue of blood for twelve years believed if she touched Jesus’ garment she would be healed.
Just then a woman with an issue of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the hem of his cloak. Jesus turned to her and said Your faith has made you whole.”
He instructed his disciples to do the same.
They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them. (Mark 6:13 NIV)
They will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” (Mark 16:17-18 NIV)
Jesus told his followers to touch people and they would receive the Holy Spirit.
They laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. (Acts 8:17 KJV)
The personal touch is important to Jesus. Through one touching another with his hands healing is imparted as Jesus taught us. When each of my family prayed and laid hands on me for my healing I felt heat coming into my body from his hands. The power of God is transmitted though touch. Like power comes into the battery of an iPhone through the charger, power comes from one person to another when we pray in Jesus name.
Reach out and touch someone today. You will bring change. People are too busy rushing and working starved of love.