What Jesus Did! 'Sometimes Our Kids Drive Us to Jesus' — John 4:49-50

Saturday, March 26, 2022

The official pleaded [with Jesus], "Lord, please come now before my little boy dies." Then Jesus told him, "Go back home. Your son will live!" And the man believed what Jesus said and started home.
— John 4:49-50 NLT

Key Thought

Sometimes the circumstances with our children drive us to Jesus for help. Deep inside our souls, we already know that we should daily seek Jesus with all of our heart. Unfortunately, everyday "busy-ness" and routine distractions choke out our apparent hunger to be in Jesus' presence. Then the crisis comes, and we realize again how much we need him. The real question for us is whether we will come to Jesus for help in our time of need. If your concern for children or grandchildren is heavy on your heart, please turn to Jesus for a listening ear, a sensitive heart, and the power to act. If you aren't at the point of crisis, now is the best time to bring your children and grandchildren to the Lord in prayer and through time spent with them with a focus on the Lord.

Today's Prayer

Father, give me the courage to seek you in my crises and to trust Jesus to act in my world to provide the opportunity for change. Give me the discipline and the will to bring my family to you before the crisis and to always live before them as your servant. Make my house a house in which your name is praised and your love is shared. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 8:5-10
  • Mark 10:13-16
  • Joshua 24:14-15

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Illustration of John 4:49-50 NLT — The official pleaded [with Jesus], "Lord, please come now before my little boy dies." Then Jesus told him, "Go back home. Your son will live!" And the man believed what Jesus said and started home.

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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