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Are you desperate for Jesus?

This passage begins with Jairus coming to Jesus on behalf of his dying daughter and rather quickly we are thrown into the story of the woman with the issue of blood.

As I was reading and rereading this passage one word kept coming to the forefront of my mind, Desperation!

Jairus was desperate for Jesus to save his daughter.

The woman was desperate to be healed of this thing that has completely ruined her life.

They were desperate for God to move.


Have you ever been desperate for God to move? Desperate for Him to answer the prayer that you have been praying for so long?


There is a difference between this woman and the rest of the people in the crowd. A difference that Jesus himself took notice of. Why did His power go out to her when she wasn’t the only one touching Him? Even the disciples questioned Jesus on this one. “How can you possibly be asking who touched you, look at the crowd pressing in against you.”


I think it was because she was desperate for a move of God in her life.  God saw her, He saw her heart. While everyone else was satisfied with being in proximity to Him, this woman was desperate for Him. She reached out in faith and Jesus did just what Jesus says He will do, He responded.


There have been many times in my life that I have needed a move of God. But as I thought on this passage, I found myself thinking on a time when I felt more desperate than I had ever felt in my life, the moment I was told that my husband had passed. I was so desperate for God to move, for Him to do something, for Him to change what was happening. I pleaded with God to bring him back, to raise him up. God didn’t bring my husband back but He did do what He has promised to do so many times in His Word, what He did for the woman in this account. He came close. He saw me in my desperation and He responded to it.


Our desperation is important to Him. And when we turn to Him in our desperation, when we reach for the hem of His garment, He is able to do a work far greater than we could ever expect.


I am reminded of Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”


I was desperate for God to bring my husband back. But as I continually reached out for the hem of His garment, many times with the help of those around me, God began to show me that what I was really desperate for was Him. For His presence. And that is something that can’t ever be taken away from me.


May the things that you are desperate for be the very things that drive you to reach out for Jesus. May they drive you to be desperate for Him, for His presence.


And as you reach for Him, He will be faithful to respond and do for you what He did for this woman.


And what He is doing for me.


Mark 5:34 “Your faith has healed you, Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

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