40 As the sun went down that evening, people throughout the village brought sick family members to Jesus. No matter what their diseases were, the touch of his hand healed every one. 41 Many were possessed by demons; and the demons came out at his command, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But because they knew he was the Messiah, he rebuked them and refused to let them speak. (Luke 4:38-41)
One of the characteristics of Jesus' ministry was helping and healing people. We see that in today's reading. He healed Peter's mother-in-law after leaving the synagogue on the Sabbath. Later Jesus' enemies would accusing Him of working if He helped or healed someone on the Sabbath. The people in the village waited until after the sun went down to bring family members to Jesus and asked Him to healed them.
We can bring our family members and friends to Jesus any time in our prayers and ask Him to help, to heal them. God always hears our prayers and answers. When He says yes and heals the person we prayed for, we need to remember to thank God. When He doesn't heal the person right away, we need to trust Him. When the person dies in faith, we can thank God that he or she has received the ultimate gift of healing because they pain and suffering are over. Their sins have been forgiven and they are with the Lord.