Sweet girl had been sick for a while. Her parents had tried all they could to heal her. From cooking for her the best healthy meals, to searching for herbs in the woods, to taking her to the best hospitals. They probably did all this but nothing changed, she was still ill. When her father, Jairus walked out to seek help, she let go and was no more.
As parents, relatives and friends gathered to mourn the death of the little girl, commotions could be heard from a distance. People were shouting and the yells screeched against the walls of the bereaved. There was a man passing by, a man who arrested the attention of the streets and market places, a man who made everyone stop whatever they were doing. This man could have made the mourning stop. And he did.
As he drew nearer, the people recognized who he was. They had heard he did great things! Jairus had heard of his mighty works, so in a moment of faith, when he met with him, he fell upon his feet in tears. “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” Unfortunately the loving father pondered upon the news that his daughter had passed away.
The passing man was filled with love and sympathy, so, he asked to be taken to where the little girl laid, and asked the rest of the people out, except the parents and a few of his assistants. What he was about to do, was a secret he was not ready to reveal to the world, yet.
When they were out, the man commanded the little girl to wake up. Holding her hands, she blinked! The twelve year old opened her eyes with grace to see Jesus Christ right beside her…with a broad smile, the she stood and walked.
With overwhelming joy, the parents delivered the news to the people waiting outside. “Friends, family, my daughter, she’s alive, she was just sleeping after all.”
That is what our master Jesus ordered for, before leaving for his other errands.
So, what would your life be like, with faith and with Jesus walking into your life whenever you wished for it? Because this is the privilege we have of Him. After the cross, he said “…I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14:13
Fine, we do ask all the time, don’t we? But I can tell from experience that we don’t always receive. While the reasons may vary, we have heard of God answering prayers shortly or later, or not. At times it’s in our best interest. But what about the times when it’s not in our best interest. What about the times when he just listens to our prayers and not do anything about it? Not because He is spiteful, but simply because we segment the Bible.
His word is deliberated in obedience. Here is a very simple example, when Jesus was about to raise the little girl, He asked the parents to send the rest of the people out. And here is what happened; they did not complain nor told Jesus how the man standing over there was the little girls’ grandpa, or that woman is her aunty who deserves to be inside all the way, no! They simply obeyed.
But have we mastered the same command of obedience through faith? I don’t know about you, but the bottom-line is, if you want to find and receive, you should figure out what the cross requires of you. It’s a cross alleyway, where two must transect.
“Through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations” (Romans 1:5)