Mark 5:35(NLT), “While he was still speaking to her, messengers arrived from Jairus’s home with the message, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.”
Very often the situation gets worse after you have prayed for help. This was what happened in this case. It is never too late with God. Jairus had prayed Jesus to heal his daughter. Jesus agreed to go with him. You could say his prayer was answered right there and then.
While they were on the way, the situation grew worse and the child died. It seemed at this point it was too late; that was the conclusion of the people from Jairus’ house. That is where the devil gets most people, even the spiritual.
Look at the interesting response of Jesus: Mark 5:36, “BUT JESUS IGNORED THEIR COMMENTS and SAID to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just trust me.”
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- He ignored their comments.
- He spoke. “Don’t be afraid. Just trust me.”
- The third thing implied here is that he ignored the circumstance.
This happens very often after we have prayed. Things go from bad to worse and it seems God didn’t pay attention to our request for intervention. We therefore conclude that it is too late. I have come across many single ladies who prayed for husbands but become really very desperate when they cross a certain age. They begin to feel it is too late now. The same thing happens to those who are trusting God for children after many years of fruitless marriage. They get really nervous when menopause is approaching. By the way, notice it is called meno-‘pause’ and not meno-‘stop’. With Sarah, God proved that it is never too late for him to do a miracle. Many at this stage never receive a miracle anymore because they stopped trusting God.
The man took the advice of Jesus. They proceeded with the plan, went to the man’s house and Jesus revived the dead child.
Don’t Bury What Is Only Asleep
Mark 5:38-39, “38When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw the commotion and the weeping and wailing. 39He went inside and spoke to the people. “Why all this weeping and commotion?” he asked. “The child isn’t dead; she is only asleep.”
Look at the perspective of Jesus: “The child isn’t dead; she is only asleep.” Why did Jesus believe the child was only asleep? Because he believed that the moment he accepted to go to the man’s house that the miracle was done.
I am concerned about the way we kill and bury things that are not dead but are only asleep. Your hope is not dead. Your marriage is not dead. Your miracle is not dead. Your womb is not dead. You will bear children with that same womb and those same ovaries that appear dead. God answered your prayer the very first time you asked him for help. Please, please and please, don’t bury what is only asleep!
7 Things To Do After You Have Prayed
These are the five things we should do after we have prayed:
- Ignore every negative comment or thought. Do not speak it out or pay attention to it.
- Sing instead of weeping. Stay away from pity. Ignore the people that are weeping because of your circumstance. You will not accept pity if you truly believe your situation is not hopeless.
- Ignore the circumstance.
- Ignore your fears.
- Keep speaking what you believe (that you have received your miracle). Confession precedes possession.
- Obey any instruction the Lord may give you.
- Don’t give up. Be persistent in Trusting God.
I don’t know what the enemy is telling you is too late but I plead with you to never give up. Keep confessing that you believe you’ve received your miracle and your situation which appears to have grown worse, will begin to turn around. Do not confess the circumstance you see but the promise of God. Remember, the Bible says you shall have whatsoever you say.
God has answered your prayers. Your miracle will soon manifest in Jesus name!
The Faith Of Jesus
I want you to see the faith of Jesus here: he asked the girl to arise. He believed she was asleep so he spoke to her and woke her up the way you will speak to and wake up someone who is sleeping. Jesus believed in his own words. “She is not dead, she is asleep.” Mark 11:23, “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” You have to believe in what you are saying if that miracle is to manifest in your life. You must confess it if you are to possess it. But you must first believe in what you are saying for it to produce for you.
We learn from Gideon’s story that it is never too late to start over. However badly you may have failed in the past, today is not too late for you to put your complete trust in God.
Peter said, “And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.” Luke 5:5.
We learn from Lazarus who was restored to life four days after he was dead and buried that nothing is ever too late for God. Mary lamented that Lazarus her brother wouldn’t have died if Jesus had responded to their distress call earlier. In her reckoning, it was too late for God to intervene. But Jesus had said earlier that his sickness was not going to end in death. He believed His word and acted on it even in the face of seeming impossibility. God is God and He has power over life and death. There are no hopeless situations with God, only people who feel hopeless about them.
Sarah had Isaac at the age of 90, when she was twice the age of menopause. God reversed her age and revived her womb. Hold on to the promise of God, you will soon be celebrating your breakthrough! Your destiny is on course, you will overcome, in Jesus Name!
Bishop Dr Charles Olowojoba is the General Overseer of Dayspring Bible Church Worldwide with HQ in Abuja, Nigeria & President, Dayspring Christian Ministries Int’l.