Mark 5:22 “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.”
Since my father was diagnosed with cancer last year, I’ve been scouring scriptures for any clues on how I can help my dad. I feel today’s passage provides a very clear blueprint on how to heal your family.
The first thing Jairus did was to come into Jesus’ presence. Then he fell at Jesus’ feet to humble himself and lift up his Lord. Then he begged Jesus to come and heal his daughter, and of course, Jesus obliged.
Come… Fall… Beg… It’s that simple. So many times we get that order wrong and just beg first. I remember in quarantine our youngest boy Nate Nate just started throwing a fit from the other room (“I WANT TO TAKE A BATH WITH MAMA!!!!!”) Of course I was concerned, and of course I wanted to sort him out, but because he hadn’t approached his request properly, I knew it was actually bad for him if I granted his wish. It would make him spoiled, teach him bad manners, and ultimately bring him further away from loved ones. If he had just come into the same room, humbled himself and then asked (“apa, can I please have take a bath with mama?”) then of course I’d grant him his request. I want Nate Nate to be happy more than he wants himself to be happy. I want him to have that bath more than he wants to have it. In the same way I know my father in heaven wants to grant me the desires of my heart even more than I want them to be granted. Yet so many times I just beg for outcomes, without taking the time to really come into his presence and humble myself. Lord I align my heart with yours today. I come into your presence and fall at your feet. I worship you God. I know that you’re a loving father who only has the best in store for me. I know the battle has been won, the war has been won, because of what you’ve already done on the cross. In Jesus’ name, Amen.