5 And there came a voice unto me, saying: Enos, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed.
6 And I, Enos, knew that God could not lie; wherefore, my guilt was swept away.
7 And I said: Lord, how is it done?
8 And he said unto me: Because of thy faith in Christ, whom thou hast never before heard nor seen. And many years pass away before he shall manifest himself in the flesh; wherefore, go to, thy faith hath made thee whole.
When the message of the gospel finally sank into Enos’s heart, he was painfully aware of his sins and concerned about his soul. As a result, he prayed for hours and hours — all day and into the night (Enos 1:3-4). Finally, as he relates in the passage above, he heard or felt a voice which said, “Enos, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed.” Immediately, the guilt was gone. Apparently surprised that his deep sense of brokenness could be repaired so quickly, he asked, “Lord, how is it done?” In response, God said, “Thy faith hath made thee whole.”
The Savior would later use these same words to explain the physical healing of a blind beggar (Mark 10:46-52), a leper (Luke 17:11-19), and a woman with an issue of blood (Matthew 9:20-22). It’s a thought-provoking statement, especially since all of those people had pleaded with Him to heal them and knew that they were healed by His power. He apparently wanted them to understand the critical role of their own faith in enabling them to accept and receive His healing power.
It is the Savior who heals us, but we access that power by exercising faith in Him. Speaking of the woman who pushed through a crowd to touch the Savior’s robe and be healed, Sister Anne C. Pingree said:
I have asked myself what might have happened if this woman with the issue of blood had not believed in the Savior enough to make whatever effort was necessary to touch the border of His robe. In that throng I imagine getting even that close to Him took some doing. Yet, “nothing wavering,” she persisted.
In like manner, we must demonstrate that faith in the Lord has penetrated our hearts deeply enough to move us to action (“To Look, Reach, and Come unto Christ,” General Conference, October 2006).
Today, I will demonstrate the depth of my faith by taking the actions which will enable me to access the healing power of Christ. Like Enos, I will pray with real intent and with sincerity. Like the woman with an issue of blood, I will make the effort necessary to draw near to Him, so that I can be healed.