And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.” So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him. Mark 5:22-24 NKJV
Can God’s work in our life be limited or restrained? I think it can, but don’t misunderstand. I’m not saying the all powerful and all knowing God can’t do a certain thing if He wanted to. What I am saying is our choices make a difference in how God works in our life.
Take for example one ruler of the synagogue, Jairus, in today’s verse. He came to Jesus asking to have Jesus come and lay hands on His daughter so she would be healed. What’s wrong with that request you might ask? Nothing, however, think of this: Jesus was God who could heal by speaking a word. He didn’t really need to go to their house, touch the girl so she would be healed. He could have just spoken the word and she would have been healed.
Jairus asked Jesus to come to his house and in those days it took time to get anywhere. If his daughter was severely ill to the point of death, you might think Jairus wouldn’t have wanted to waste time traveling to his house, but rather would request Jesus say the word so she may be healed, like the centurion did in Luke 7:7 NKJV: “But say the word, and my servant will be healed.”
However, that’s one of the wonderful things about Jesus. He meets us where we are. If our faith only goes so far, that’s where He’ll meet us. Over time, as we grow in His love our faith grows too. I wonder how many times we’ve called out to God to help us, but our requests are so small compared to what God is really able to do.
What have your prayer requests been like? Are you asking for small things or big things? We have a great big God who is able to do what we can not even imagine. Think big. As Mark 11:24 NKJV says, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them”, believe and you will receive.
Don’t think your small request is really limiting God, because He can work around your small faith. Read the last part of Jairus’ story in Mark 5:35-43. In a nutshell, God’s glory shines forth even more dramatically because the girl, who dies, is raised to life again! Which would have been the greater miracle? Healed by speaking a word while not being near the girl or being raised from the dead? Everything has a purpose to demonstrate God’s glory. In this case, Jairus’ small faith allowed God’s glory to shine forth to a greater degree.
Lord God Almighty you are able to do things we can not even imagine. Help our faith increase by asking you of what you are capable of. Help us believe we will receive what we have asked for so your glory may shine forth in our lives. In Jesus’ name Amen.
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