Mark 5: 35-36: It’s not over until it’s over.

“35 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?’  36 Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’” NIV UK

In your praying, do you ever come to a point where you decide it’s hopeless? You stop praying; or you pray without heart any more; without faith, without fervour. We have probably all been there. Well, these words from Dr.F.B.Meyer are helpfully encouraging:

‘’We go to God in comparatively small trials, and think He can help us. But there are times when we say: It is no use troubling further; we must just bear our trial as well as we can, God Himself cannot help us…Can He restore the love that has died out? Can He undo this unhappy marriage? Can He deliver from that life-long paralysis? Life is extinct; hope is dead; the light has dipped below the horizon. It is no use to trouble God or man. We have no alternative but to suffer till eternity explain the mysteries of time. But Jesus knows the way out. He says in his sweet undertone, ‘’Fear not! Only believe.’’ He has the keys of death…He has purposely delayed till this, that He might have the better opportunity of showing you what God can do.’’ ‘Great verses through the Bible,’p.381.

A lovely man, an elder in our church for many years, would often pray along these lines, ‘’Lord, we believe it is your will to heal, and we are going to keep on praying for healing unless you tell us to stop.’’  I read that Dr. Vance Havner often said to his students, ‘’It is always too soon to quit.’’

Apparently, Sir Winston Churchill standing before his old school, gave the shortest speech of his political career. He said, ‘’Never give in. Never give in. Never give in!’’

Continue to believe. That’s the idea in (36). Keep on believing.

It’s not over until it’s over.