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(The story of Jairus’ daughter Mark 5:21-42)
So long as Jairus’ daughter was alive, people believed she could be healed by Yeshua. But having been detained by the woman with the issue of blood, it seemed that it was all too late. Jairus’ servants came to tell him the bad news of her death, and added their opinion in the form of this question, “why trouble the teacher any further?”
Most of us, if not all, are of the same faith. We can believe for things so long as they are possible. But it is challenging for us to believe and trust in a situation that seems to us beyond help. Our familiarity with the stories of the Bible, and our knowledge of how they end, can serve to dull our minds to the wonder of such a faith as, say, Abraham’s, who “not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead……, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb, … did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God.” (Romans 4:19-20)
Such faith is needed when we come to pray for Israel.
Our condition as a nation is so far from the reality of the promises, that one is stretched and challenged to have that kind of faith that Abraham had…. It is one thing to say, ‘nothing is too hard for the Lord’, it is another to believe it, live it, and pray it with real faith (the only kind that actually touches God.)
Yeshua’s response to this kind of ‘possible-only’ faith, is very sweet. He immediately turns to Jairus and says, ““Do not be afraid; only believe.” (Mark 5:36) and to the Possible-Faith crowd, he answers with a question of His own: “why do you make such a commotion ….?” (Mark 5:39)
It all ended very well, of course. What a victory of Life, Grace, and of the power of God; the God with whom “all things are possible."? (See Matt 19:26 and story)
But this is not all.
What about today? What about Israel and God’s astounding promises such as found in Jeremiah 24:7, "I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the LORD; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart." Or, Jeremiah 32:38, “ then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them.”
These promises are so staggering! He will give us a heart to know Him? He will give us One Heart as a nation!? To those who are praying far away somewhere, this may all seem so easy, so lovely, so possible, but to those of us living here and who feel and know our own condition, these are staggering promises.
Well, to an astounded Jeremiah, who could hardly digest the amazing Goodness promised by God, (he could see the Babylonians surrounding the city, out of his window,) God revealed something so awesome, so astounding as to stagger one’s heart. He revealed the work of the crucified Messiah to Jeremiah. See Jeremiah 33:15-16, and of course, also Jeremiah 31:31-34.
This is the root of our faith, this is the faith in our praying, this is where our hope rests. Because of the cross we can believe that it shall be done, no matter how impossible naturally it is. We, therefore, take Yeshua’s word to Jairus for ourselves, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”
Praying for Israel’s restoration to God
We will not enumerate prayers here, but recommend that you open your bibles to Jeremiah 31, 32, 33 and pray out of these texts.
These chapters open up an amazing vista into the work of God in the land and its people. They include physical restoration, spiritual restoration, safety and security (such as Jeremiah 33:9, 16),
They include the revelation of the cross and the work of the cross in the heart of the Jewish people, (Jeremiah 31:31-34).
They of necessity include good government, justice in the land, and the general flourishing of God’s people.
As you pray these scriptures, may you also be awakened to appropriate these precious promises, at least the spiritual ones that are all yes and amen in Messiah.
Blessings from Jerusalem,