Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.”So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years.She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. Mark 5:22-37 NIV
There is so much that can be said about this passage of scripture, but I will limit myself to just a few points.
If we believe, we request with the understanding that our request will be honored. Jairus believed, said it, and made his request of Jesus.
The woman with the illness–heard about Jesus and knew that if she could just touch his clothes she would be healed and she was. Her faith moved her to doing what she believed would happen.
And when the doubters–those who didn’t have any faith in Jesus–came and told Jairus that it was too late for Jesus to do anything about his daughter, Jesus just looked at him and told him not to be afraid, but to just believe.
After speaking to Jairus, even though a crowd was following Him, Jesus did not allow the doubters and haters to complete the trip to Jairus house.
What do we learn from this? Our faith must be so strong that we ignore the doubters and haters and simply believe God (not just in Him)–knowing that whatever we request of Him, if our faith is immovable, He will do it.
Jairus believed Jesus would heal his daughter even after they told him she was dead.
After hearing about Jesus, the woman believed she would be healed if she just touched His clothes.
What are you believing God for right now? Do you believe or are just faking it to make it? Make your request known to God and believe–never doubting–and watch Him work in your life! Instead of faking it–faith it–never allowing the haters to change your mind about what you know God can and will do.
Getting beyond the passages listed above–we know that even though the child had died, when Jesus touched her she rose from her sleep. Now, imagine how disheartened Jairus might have been, but yet retained his faith that Jesus would save his daughter. His faith and belief in Jesus led to his daughter rising and living again.
It is our faith–not God’s–that moves Him into responding to our requests. We simply just believe!
So, let’s get The Word out–promoting Jesus–so all will have opportunity to hear about Him, build their faith, and believe He will respond to our needs.