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Prayers

WHEN YOUR PRAYER SEEMS TO BE REJECTED…

Reference: ‘Holy Bible’-Mark 5: verses(v) 22-41.

In this passage,Jairus(one of the synagogue rulers) prayed for his dying daughter.Lord delayed in answering to increase the faith of the ruler.

1.FALLING AT HIS FEET:
The gospel says that the ruler’s little daughter was dying(v:23).Although the situation was very critical,the ruler chose the right choice.Instead of seeking the help of men,he just fell at the feet of Lord to explain the painful issue(v:22).We should also learn to fall at HIS feet in all irksome situations.

2.POURING OUR HEART:
The ruler poured his feelings to Almighty(v:23) and so HIS mighty power helped the ruler to stand firmly.We should also learn to pour our feelings to our caring Lord who helps us to tackle the critical conditions.

3.PLEADING FOR A MIRACLE:
The ruler knew the power of the hands of Lord.So he pleaded earnestly to put the hands of Lord on his dying daughter(v:23).The power of Almighty gives life to ashes.Unless and until we know HIS power,we can’t experience it.Sit in the presence of Lord and meditate HIS word to know HIS power.Never be discouraged in critical situations but plead for a miracle.

4.LORD IN THE ‘PATH OF PRAYER’:
Although Lord didn’t answer the ruler immediately,HE started(went) with the ruler to his house(v:24).There was a delay since a sick woman came on the way to receive healing from Lord(v:25-34).Lord permitted that delay to test the faith of the ruler.The ruler waited patiently for Lord and passed the test.For every prayer we utter,Almighty designs a specific route(path) with a ‘series of test points’ for faith.These test points bring quality blessings.So go ahead with Almighty in the ‘route (path) of prayer’.

5.REVERSE ANSWER:
Meanwhile the ruler heard that his daughter was no more(v:35) and it was the next test point.The prayer seemed to be rejected since it brought a ‘reverse answer’.Lord’s plan for the ruler remained hidden.Reverse answers enrich our spiritual quality.So praise unto Lord for reverse answers.

6.DISCOURAGING WORDS OF PEOPLE:
The men of the ruler thought that there was no use in bothering the Lord anymore(v:35) and so they discouraged him by looking at the seemingly hopeless situation.It was another test point.Human perception is always limited.Satan sometimes works through people.Never listen to the discouraging words because it may take you out of the blessed route(path) designed by Lord.

7.HIS ENCOURAGEMENT:
Lord was seeing the painful ruler and asked him to be bold and confident(v:36).Definitely these encouraging words of our saviour bound the broken pieces of ruler’s heart and it made him to proceed further with Almighty.The words of our Lord are very powerful and we can live by HIS words.Learn to hold the encouraging words of Lord tightly when your strength diminishes.

8.CO-OPERATION OF THE RULER:
Lord allowed the ruler through a path of thorns and definitely each thorn increased his spiritual boundaries.The ruler neither murmured nor questioned but co-operated with Lord.Never speak against Lord but simply co-operate with HIM to get the answer.

9.LORD IS FAITHFUL TO ANSWER:
Finally Lord reached the ruler’s house and HE viewed the situation differently.HE said that the little daughter of ruler was not dead but asleep(v:39).HE took her by HIS hand and gave life merely by a word.View the dead things in your life as Lord views and confess with faith that they are not dead but asleep.Apply HIS promises to the ashes in your life.People may laugh at you(v:40) but Lord is always faithful to answer.

10.ENJOY MIRACLES:
The ruler passed all the tests and enjoyed miracle after a great loss. ‘Answers out of nothing’ is the majestic style of our Lord.Smooth and peaceful situations can’t bring miracles.Visualize miracles in pains and remain in HIS peace.When trials in our life pierce our hearts,HIS encouraging words soothen.Hold HIS words and co-operate with HIM.Accept troubles to present ‘a new theology’ to this world .Lord will never forsake you but makes you to see miracles.

WISHES IN JESUS NAME.

D.Aveline Sarah
Postgraduate student