One of my children was scared the other night. Scared of zombies.
She came to me and told me her fear. She explained to me how she knew they weren’t real and she shouldn’t be afraid, but deep down the fear was just there and she couldn’t shake it.
I talked to her and asked what I could do to help. I was thinking maybe I could leave her bedroom door open or leave a nightlight on for her. That’s not what she needed, though. With tears in her eyes she said these five beautiful words to me:
“Can we pray about it?”
Here I was trying to fix everything, and she knew that she needed something more than what Mama alone could give her.
Of course we prayed about it, and she was able to sleep well that night. (We did leave an extra light on.)
I was thinking about my daughter’s sweet heart as I went for a walk the next morning. As I walked, I was listening to the Gospel of John. I came to the account of the healing of the nobleman’s son in John 4. This nobleman has a son who is at the point of death and comes to Jesus for help. Here are the words that stood out to me that morning:
When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. John 4:47 (NKJV)
He implored him. Can you imagine the intensity with which he asked for Jesus’ help? I know how it hurt me to see my daughter afraid that night. I just wanted to make it better, and if the answer was to go to God for her, then that’s what I would do. This man in John 4 felt the same way. He knew that the only hope for his son’s healing was to go to Jesus for him.
We see this again and again in the Bible – parents going to Jesus on behalf on their children for healing.
We see it in Mark 5 when a synagogue official named Jairus goes to Jesus on behalf of his daughter. What does Jairus do as he comes to Jesus?
He fell at His feet and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.” Mark 5:22-23 (NKJV)
This picture makes me cry just thinking about it. I can feel the intensity of what Jairus must have felt. We would all do anything for our children, wouldn’t we? There comes a point where we as parents realize that the answer to what our children need doesn’t lie solely in us.
But you know what? We can bring the answer to them.
We can be like Jairus, falling to the feet of Jesus to beg for help for our children. We can humble ourselves and implore as he did to get them what they need.
Our children may not always be able to voice those five beautiful words “Can we pray about it?”
The children in these two Biblical examples weren’t in a position to ask for help, but the parents saw the need. They saw the need and knew they couldn’t fill it on their own. They needed help.
As a mother, there is no greater comfort than knowing that Jesus is still there listening today. Through Him, I can go to God at any time on behalf of my children – whatever the fear, whatever they face, and whether they ask me to or not. God hears, and He cares. I just have to humble myself and ask.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:10 (NKJV)