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Jairus 3

'Her spirit returned, and she arose...And her parents were astonished.' Luke 8:55-56 NKJV

You can do your very best for your children, and still stand where Jairus stood. You can love them, protect them and pray for them, and still find yourself in an emergency ward at midnight or a drug rehab clinic on visitors' Sunday choosing between two voices: despair and belief. Who would have faulted Jairus for giving up? When he first went to Jesus, his daughter was critically ill but still alive. Then while he was talking to Jesus, word arrived: 'Your daughter is dead' (Luke 8:49 NLT). In that moment Jesus looked at Jairus and said, 'Don't be afraid. Just have faith, and she will be healed' (Luke 8:50 NLT). Whether stopping the child's sickness in its tracks, or raising her from the dead, Jesus was the answer to Jairus' problem. And he is the answer to your family problem too.

Notice two things Jesus did: (1) He dismissed those who mourned but had no faith (see Luke 8:51). Be careful who you let get close to you, especially in times of crisis. (2) He united the parents in faith. 'When Jesus went to the house, he let only Peter, John, James, and the girl's father and mother go inside with him' (Luke 8:51 NCV). At that point he 'took her by the hand and called, saying, "Little girl, arise." Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately...And her parents were astonished' (Luke 8:54-56 NKJV).

When you pray and put your faith in Christ, he can do things in your family that will amaze you!

Soulfood: 2 Sam 20:1-22:30 Lk 8:16-25 Ps 133 Pro 18:17-20,


Jairus 2

'Pour out your heart... for the life of your...children.' Lamentations 2:19 NKJV

The story of Jairus is the story of a pleading parent and an ever-present Saviour. So, 'Pour out your heart...before the face of the Lord. Lift your hands towards him for the life of your...children' (Lamentations 2:19 NKJV).

Parent, you can do this. You can be a loyal advocate and a faithful intercessor. You can bring your parenting fears to Jesus. In fact, if you don't, you might take your fears out on your children. Fear turns some parents into prison guards who monitor every minute and check the background of every friend. They stifle growth and communicate distrust. A family with no breathing room suffocates a child. On the other hand, fear can also create permissive parents. For fear that their child will feel too confined or fenced in, they lower all boundaries. High on hugs and low on discipline, they don't realise that appropriate discipline is an expression of love. Permissive parents or paranoid parents - how can you avoid those extremes? Pray! Jesus said so little about parenting, yet his actions speak volumes about prayer. Each time a parent prays, Christ responds.

The big message in this story is: when your child is in crisis, turn to Jesus. But don't wait for a crisis to come. When you send them off to school each day, do so with a blessing. When you tell them good night, cover them in prayer. When they're stumped by a homework assignment they can't handle, pray with them about it. Pray that your children will have a profound sense of their place in this world, and a heavenly place in the next one.

Soulfood: 2 Sam 17:14-19:43 Lk 8:1-15 Ps 123 Pro 18:13-16,


Jairus 1

'Jairus, a leader of the local synagogue, came and fell at Jesus' feet.' Luke 8:41 NLT

Jairus enjoyed the social status of a mayor or bishop. But when your child is in a crisis, all the celebrity status in the world won't help you. And Jairus wasn't the only parent to run to Jesus when trouble came knocking on the door of their home. A mother stormed out of the Canaanite hills, crying, 'Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter has a demon' (Matthew 15:22 NCV). The father of a seizure-tormented boy also sought help from the disciples. When they failed to provide it, he turned to Jesus. In tears, he said, 'Lord, I believe; help my unbelief' (Mark 9:24 NKJV)! In each case Jesus responded. He never turned one away.

And he won't turn you away either! After all, your kids were his kids first. The psalmist said, 'Children are a gift from the Lord; babies are a reward' (Psalm 127:3 NCV). Next to the gift of salvation, your children are 'God's best gift' to you. And even though they are yours, they are still his. And what he owns, he protects and provides for. Like the Prodigal Son, they may have broken every one of God's laws and broken your heart. But your prayers are what gives God an invitation and an entry point back into their lives.

The love of the father that drew the Prodigal back home, will bring your wayward child back too. What Jesus said to Jairus, he is saying to you today: 'Don't be afraid. Just have faith, and [he] she will be healed' (Luke 8:50 NLT).

Soulfood: 2 Sam 14:21-17:13 Lk 7:36-50 Ps 118:19-29 Pro 18:10-12,

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