Mark 1: 29 – 34 “As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30 Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. 31 So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them. 32 That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. 33 The whole town gathered at the door, 34 and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.”
When we saw Simon and Andrew casting their nets we didn’t know they had problems at home.
When we saw Jesus call them to follow him, we still didn’t know.
Neither when they went into the Synagogue on the Sabbath and saw the healing of the man with the demon.
But then they (the 4 disciples and Jesus) came home; to the home of these 2 brothers, then we see that all is not well. The mother of Simon’s wife is seriously ill and Andrew, James and John immediately tell Jesus how difficult this is.
- Intercessors are concerned about the home life, our private world, what people don’t see. Be thankful for those who tell Jesus about your challenges, intercessors are gifts from God, make sure you have them.
- The mother in law is laid on a bed in isolation probably for fear the fever will be contagious. Let us see what intercessors do from the great Intercessor Himself:
- He went to her. They enter into places where others fear to tread.
- He took her hand. They may get angry with the enemy but they are gentle with people.
- He helped her up. They are with those they intercede for.
- It is after sunset, the time when people are thinking of resting not working. The light is dimming, darkness is looming. The night is long when you are sick and demon-possessed. But intercessors are working in the night-time. They are resisting the works of the enemy who wants to steal the show or silence the intercession.