Resurrecting Answers to Prayers

     

     While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler, “Your daughter is dead,” they said.  “Why bother the teacher anymore?”
     Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue leader, “Don’t be afraid, just believe.”              Mark 5:35-36
     The synagogue leader falls at Jesus’ feet, fully confident that Jesus can heal his daughter.
But when Jesus is delayed by the hemorrhaging woman, the little girl dies.  The man loses his certainty, and the crowd supports this lack of faith asking, “Why bother the teacher now?”
     But Jesus knows that the passage of time, even death, are obstacles easily overcome with God.  So He tells the man to ignore the crowd, “Don’t be afraid, just believe,”  Jesus then proceeds to bring the little girl back to life.
     When too much time has passed without an answer to prayers, or when we experience the death of a dream, hope, or plan, do we assume it’s not worth it to “bother” God about it?  Do we become fearful and lose our ability to believe?  Or do we listen to Jesus’ words, ignore the voices of doubt all around us and within us, and continue to have faith?  If we did, would we witness Jesus bringing an answer to life, resurrecting our dreams, hopes or plans?  It sure is worth a try!
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