Spiritual Law of Contact
Description: God’s power doesn’t require physical contact to flow to a person, but as an expression of compassion or faith, it’s often part of the process. (Reading time: 1.8 minutes)
The Gospel of Mark records a story of a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years, despite the efforts of many doctors and spending all her money on treatments. She heard about Jesus and thought she would be healed if she could simply touch his clothes. (Mk 5:25-28) When she touched his garment, she was immediately healed, she felt the change in her body and Jesus realized power had gone out from him. (vv 29-30) Her faith healed her, but it was the touch that transmitted the healing power to her from Jesus. (also see Mk 6:56)
Physical touch often has a key role in both physical and spiritual events. Though God’s spiritual power doesn’t require physical contact to flow from one person to another, the physical act as an expression of compassion or faith is often part of the process. The Bible provides many examples of Jesus touching someone when healing them. (see Mt 8:3; 20:34; Lk 13:12-13) Jesus stated that those who believe in him will place their hands on sick people and they will get well. (Mk 16:18)
However, physical contact is not essential for spiritual impartation such as healing or anointing. There are numerous examples of Jesus healing people without touching them or even being near them in some cases. (see Mt 8:13; 15:28; Lk 17:12-14) Therefore, we might question whether contact for transmitting or imparting is simply a common practice and not a spiritual law. Yet, we can argue that spiritual contact is essential, even if physical contact is not. Because we are primarily spiritual beings, we interact at the spiritual level, often without being consciously aware of the interaction. This might explain why the woman received her healing when she touched Jesus’ garment, though he didn’t consciously impart healing and wasn’t even aware of her presence until he felt power flow from him.
When we interact with someone, we can be alert to the contact occurring between our spirits, whether we’re praying for them, comforting them, advising them or simply talking with them. Our spirits interact, even if we’re not consciously aware of it happening.
Unless we interact physically or spiritually, nothing can be imparted. This is the spiritual law of contact.