Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” – Mark 5:36
Jairus’ 12 year old daughter had been sick for a while and despite his position of wealth and influence, he could not find a doctor who was able to cure her. She was getting weaker by the day and he was starting to lose hope. It didn’t look like she was going to make it.
In the midst of his despair, Jairus heard that a man was visiting his town. A man unlike any other, with the ability to cure the sick and heal the blind. He went out to the lake where hundreds were crowding around this man and he pushed his way forward through the crowd.
When he finally stood in front of this man, Jairus fell to his knees and 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 5:23-24)
PRAYERS MUST BE SINCERE
Jairus was desperate to save his daughter, and we are told he pleaded earnestly with Jesus to save her. We don’t have Jesus physically with us, but we have full access to him nevertheless. When we bring our prayers to him, how sincere are we? How earnest are our prayers?
James 5:16 The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
Our prayers are powerful weapons and it can break down deception and false arguments and unlock divine power. Therefore when we pray, we need to be mindful of the power we are wielding and not use it flippantly and carelessly. Be serious about what we are bringing before God in prayer.
PRAYERS MUST BE BELIEVED
Even while we struggle with our faith during times of testing, there will be people who seek to poison and strangle our faith with discouraging words. They will tear down instead of helping to build up our faith. When Jesus was still speaking and encouraging Jairus, some people came up to him and said “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” (Mark 5:35)
It is easy to be swayed by the words of the unbelieving,
James 1:6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
Jesus’ famous words in Matthew 17:20 reminds us that even faith as small as a mustard seed can work miracles. Do not fall for the lies of the evil one and doubt God. Remain strong in your belief and trust God.
PRAYERS MUST PLEASE HIM
God is our ever present help in times of need (Psalm 46:1). He stands ready to hear and answer the prayers of those who seek him sincerely “and we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.” (1 John 5:14-15)
If our prayers are
- motivated by godly desires, not selfish reasons
- pleasing to God
then we have the guarantee that He hears and He answers.
PRAYERS WILL RELEASE US FROM FEAR
God’s plan for all of us is ultimately good. Therefore our prayers, even though they may not release us from our situations immediately, will release us from our fears and anxieties because of our hope in God who loves us and hears our prayers, and we can trust Him with our burdens.
So let’s remember Jesus’ words to Jairus, Don’t be afraid, just believe.