How A Disappointing Answer Can Grow Your Faith.

We pray. God does what we think He will. We pray about something else. God does not do what we think He will.

We choose to believe that in all things God works for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28).

Our faith grows because faith is . . . being certain of what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1).

Go and Tell

It’s no surprise that he wanted to be with Jesus. This once-tormented man was now perfectly sane because Jesus had commanded the evil spirits to leave him.

Even though he begged, Jesus said, “No, go home to your family and tell them everything the Lord has done for you (Mark 5:19).”

Sometimes Jesus says yes. Sometimes he says, “No, go and tell. . . .”

Talk about God’s Answers

Imagine the three of them, Jesus, Jairus, and the woman, standing together.

Jairus had asked Jesus to heal his daughter, but the woman’s faith had interrupted their conversation. She touched Jesus and was healed. Jesus was saying, “Your faith has made you well,” when messengers told Jairus his daughter had died.

Jesus looked at Jairus and said, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”

Like the woman, Jairus believed. Like the woman, Jairus saw a miracle (Read the story in Mark 5:21-43).

Talk about God’s answers to your prayers.

What I learned about Prayer from Tessa Afshar’s The Way Home – 5

“God isn’t scrambling to come up with some kind of scheme to meet our latest crisis. . . . His plans have long since been laid. They are secure. And they have you in mind.”*

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).

Remember these truths as you pray.

*Tessa Afshar, The Way Home, p.167.