Send Me: Prayer & Fasting – Day 10 – 1-18-2017
Day 10 – Wednesday 1/18 – Be Silent – only listen – do not ask anything
21 Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea. 22 And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet 23 and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.” 24 So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him. 25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. 28 For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” 29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” 31 But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?'” 32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. 33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” 35 While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” 37 And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. 38 Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. 39 When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.” 40 And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying. 41 Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement.
This is an awesome story and we probable did not have to include the entire passage for you to get the point, but we did. Take a few moments to digest the whole scene in your mind and then imagine what it would have been like to be there when this was happening. Allow me to summarize briefly. Jesus has been asked to go to Jairus’s house to heal his little girl. Along the way there is one of the coolest teachings/examples of faith and healing you can find in the New Testament, the woman with the issue of blood. After this Holy Spirit delay the servants make the announcement that the child has already died. Jesus reassured Jairus and continues to his house. When He arrived, He has them remove all those who are ridiculing His statement, which was fact not hope, and entered in to where the child was. I must interject here that if God says that “it” is not dead then it is simply not dead no matter what the circumstances appear to be! After He commands her to get up she obeys (sounds so simple). Look at the end of verse 42 again, their response is great amazement, and those were the parents and the disciples whom Jesus allowed into the house.
The lesson today is one of the greatness of God and the simplicity of our time spent with Him. Today we take this story into our season of prayer and fasting by applying it to our listening skills. Many times, we are too wrapped up in asking for what we think is the right thing, or praying what we think should happen both of those come from our own imperfect wisdom. Today your assignment is simple, do not ask Him for anything. Inter into His presence with worship and giving of thanks and then be silent before Him and listen diligently for Him to speak to you. Remember to be patient. This is a skill which you need to develop and to constantly improve as you follow hard after Him. Enjoy His presence today!