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When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet and 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.” … While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jarius, the synagogue ruler. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” -Mark 5:21-36
This weekend we celebrate Father’s Day and this text illustrates a major characteristic of all faithful fathers. Faithful fathers petition God on behalf of their children. Regardless of his status in life, a faithful father knows that there are some things in life he can handle by himself and there are some other things he must take to God in prayer. This morning’s text tells us that Jesus was approached one day by a well positioned and desperate father seeking help for his dying twelve year old daughter. This man was a ruler of the synagogue. As a ruler of the synagogue Jarius had power; Jarius had position, Jarius had prestige and yet the text says that this powerful and prestigious man prostrated himself before Jesus. Regardless of his status in life a faithful father knows that there are some things he can handle on his own and some things he must take to God in prayer.
A faithful father may through hard work and thrift be able to fund his daughter’s matriculation at college, but when the doctor tells him that his daughter has cancer he takes that to the Lord in prayer. This text illustrates that a faithful father will not allow anything to stop him from going to God on behalf of its progeny. Look at what Jarius had to lose…Potentially he could lose power in the synagogue. Potentially he could lose his position in the synagogue. Potentially he faced the loss of prestige in the Jewish community for prostrating himself before an unorthodox teacher. But because Jarius was a faithful father he did not concern himself with the loss of power, the loss of position or the loss of prestige… his primary concern was the welfare of his daughter and so he did not hesitate to publicly petition Jesus on behalf of his sick 12 year old daughter. Like the faithful fathers of old, he petitioned God to protect his progeny. Like Jarius, Abraham had prestige, position and power but he petitioned God to protect his progeny, Ishmael because he was a faithful father. Like Jarius, Job had prestige, position and power but every day he petitioned God to protect his progeny because he was a faithful father. Like Jarius, David was a man of prestige, position and power but he petitioned God to protect his first child borne by Bathsheba because he was a faithful father.
Each of these great men understood that there are some things you can handle on your own and some things you must take to God in prayer. Fathers are you taking your children before God in prayer?
Yours In Community Transformation.

 Rev. Gillard S. Glover

 

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