- Jairus Daughter
Sometimes we feel that things are hopeless. But for God, our creator, nothing is beyond hope. He cares for the things that weigh heavy on our hearts and he is never too busy to help when we call on him. None of us is beyond repair, our Lord can restore what has been lost or broken.
When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 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.” So Jesus went with him. Mark 5:21-24
They didn’t get to the girl very quickly. The crowd was thick about them. A woman who had been bleeding for twelve years, had faith that if she touched Jesus she would be healed. When she did, Jesus paused to talk to her. As they made their way along, people came and told the father that his daughter had died.
Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Mark 5:36
Imagine this father’s anguish over the death of his daughter, yet with faith, he continued to lead Jesus to see his daughter.
When they reached the home, people were crying over the death of the girl. Jesus admonished them saying that the child was asleep. Jesus took the girl’s hand and told her to get up. She did.
Lord we do not always understand, but we can have faith and trust in your timing and love. Let me be comforted in times of tests and trials and Glory to God in heaven. Amen.
- Jesus taught us to pray
“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men … but when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your father who is unseen.” Matthew 6:5-8
Jesus taught us that prayer is a private communication between us and God. He wasn’t saying that it is not okay to pray with others, but that our motivation for prayer must not be for others. When Jesus gave what we know as “The Lord’s Prayer” in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4, it was our example of how to pray.
Jesus began his sample prayer with teaching us how to honorably address our Father in Heaven. We learned to express our needs and to ask for forgiveness. We also learned to acknowledge our temptations and struggles. We gained wisdom in how we can seek hope and comfort in asking for help and guidance. When we pray on our own, or recite the Lord’s Prayer, we can be mindful of the intentions we express in our pattern of prayer.
Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
- Doubt versus Faith
Doubt sees the obstacles
Faith sees the way
Doubt sees the darkest night
Faith sees the day
Doubt dreads to take a step
Faith soars on high.
Doubt questions ‘who believes?’
Faith answers, ‘I.’
– Unknown Author
Faith comes easily in good times, but when we come upon difficult situations, doubt can be our worst enemy. It can undermine our greatest confidence and the fear caused by doubt can hide from us even the most obvious solutions. Faith helps us let go of fear and worry, but Faith is not something given to us at birth like breathing. Faith is something we learn.
Baby birds when leaving the nest, take that first step because they have seen their parent bird do it and have a little faith. But often, that first flight is not very graceful and those wings are not very strong yet. It takes practice for the bird to soar the gusts of the breeze. So too are we with faith, learning to soar. Courage is needed to exercise faith through prayer and devotion.
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24
Father, I am thankful for your wings of protection that bring me confident assurance I am safe in your love. Help me Lord to grow in faith by placing my trust and control in your hands. Amen.