May 20, 2018
“Jairus, a leader of the local synagogue, came and fell at Jesus’ feet.” Lk 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, “Mercy, Master, Son of David! My daughter is cruelly afflicted by an evil spirit” (Mt 15:22 TM). 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!” (Mk 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, “Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift? the fruit of the womb his generous legacy?” (Ps 127:3 TM). 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 give 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” (Lk 8:50 NLT).