1/29: A Parent’s Persistence

            Jairus, one of the rulers of the synagogue, approached Jesus, falling at His feet and begging Him to go to his house to lay hands on his 12-year-old dying daughter. While en route, Jairus received a message that the little girl had died and it was no use to bring Jesus after all. Jesus continued with Jairus toward his house and told him, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” When Jesus got to Jairus’ house, He raised his daughter. (Mark 5:22-23, 35-36)

             A Canaanite Woman approached Jesus begging Him to heal her severely demon-possessed daughter. When Jesus informed her that He was only sent to the Jews and not to the dogs (that’s what Jews called Canaanites and Samaritans), she answered, “Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table” Jesus then responded, “O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.” Then He healed her daughter. (Matthew 15:21-28)

              The father had taken his a demon-possessed, deaf, and mute son to the disciples for healing. When it became apparent that the disciples were unsuccessful, the man approached Jesus. Since the boy had been suffering in this state since his childhood, the father begged Jesus saying, “If thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.” Jesus told the man, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” To this the man immediately cried out with tears, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” Then Jesus healed the boy. (Mark 9:20-25)

           These three parents remind us that the answer to our children’s problems lies not only in taking them to Jesus, but also in having faith that Jesus really can handle the problem. Your child may have a spirit that blocks his hearing and ability to communicate (either physically, psychologically, or emotionally). This spirit is destroying him. Your child may be severely rebellious or cantankerous and you realize she is being controlled by something sinister. Or your child may be physically ill or involved in a life-threatening activity or lifestyle. He or she is dying and may not even know it or realize the necessity of doing anything about it.

         What’s a parent to do? Two things: first, take that child directly to Jesus. Do not pass go; do not collect $200 dollars. Second, believe. Have faith that Jesus can bring about a change. Ignore the nay-sayers. Ignore the wind of culture. Help from God today can come in many forms like medication, counseling, a change of location, immediate miraculous change, etc. Whatever the God-honoring method of healing, have faith in the ability of Jesus to bring about revolutionary transformation.

         How will you know God has moved in your child’s life? The mute will speak, the deaf will hear, the possessed will be sane, and the dead and dying will be alive again. The healing and deliverance of our children, no matter their age, has much to do with our faith in Christ.

          Believe, and don’t stop taking them to Jesus until they are healed.

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on January 29, 2013.

One Response to “1/29: A Parent’s Persistence”

  1. I do not have children, but Amen on that sista!!!!

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