Bring Them Unto Me
Many people have needs that we are helpless to meet ourselves. More have needs that we cannot meet than have needs that we can meet. Do we look the other way and leave them in their desperate condition? They have a desperate need and we have a desperate need. We have a desperate need to recognize our weakness and God*s power. We desperately need to bring them to Him in prayer.
He is the only one who knows their needs perfectly, how and when to meet them and the only one who is powerful enough to do that. Have you ever prayed for someone and afterwards the Lord showed you some small way that you COULD help them? Bringing them to the Lord is the first thing, the biggest thing and the most important thing we can do for others. You might be amazed after you have done the most important thing for them that God will often give you some little thing that you CAN do for them. He is big enough and powerful enough to meet the needs of others through you or by some other means. Whether or not you can help someone yourself or not, you can pray for them. The most important thing is always available. If you don*t pray for others first, you might even do the absolutely wrong thing for them.
Mark 9:19b: . . . bring him unto me.
This Devotional was written by Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
Despairingly the poor disappointed father turned away from the disciples to their Master. His son was in the worst possible condition, and all means had failed, but the miserable child was soon delivered from the evil one when the parent in faith obeyed the Lord Jesus* word, *Bring him unto me.* Children are a precious gift from God, but much anxiety comes with them. They may be a great joy or a great bitterness to their parents; they may be filled with the Spirit of God, or possessed with the spirit of evil. In all cases, the Word of God gives us one receipt for the curing of all their ills, *Bring him unto me.* O for more agonizing prayer on their behalf while they are yet babes! Sin is there, let our prayers begin to attack it. Our cries for our offspring should precede those cries which betoken their actual advent into a world of sin. In the days of their youth we shall see sad tokens of that dumb and deaf spirit which will neither pray aright, nor hear the voice of God in the soul, but Jesus still commands, *Bring them unto me.* When they are grown up they may wallow in sin and foam with enmity against God; then when our hearts are breaking we should remember the great Physician*s words, *Bring them unto me.* Never must we cease to pray until they cease to breathe. No case is hopeless while Jesus lives.
The Lord sometimes suffers His people to be driven into a corner that they may experimentally know how necessary He is to them. Ungodly children, when they show us our own powerlessness against the depravity of their hearts, drive us to flee to the strong for strength, and this is a great blessing to us. Whatever our morning*s need may be, let it like a strong current bear us to the ocean of divine love. Jesus can soon remove our sorrow, He delights to comfort us. Let us hasten to Him while He waits to meet us.