Problems at home
Mark 1:29-31 (NIV)
29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30 Simon’s mother-
Home and away
After leaving the synagogue, Jesus and two of his new disciples, James and John, go to the home of the other two, Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother-
How to respond to a problem
How do these four new Christians respond to this problem? Simply, they tell Jesus about her. That is what real prayer is—sharing a situation with the Lord openly and sincerely. These four men join together to tell Jesus in the first simple prayer meeting in Mark’s gospel! It is good to pray together with others, as well as privately, about problems. I find it helpful in my daily prayers to pray ‘sorry’ prayers, then ‘thank you’ prayers, then ‘please’ prayers. First, I praise God for His cleansing mercy, immediate pardon, lovingly pure character, awesome greatness, majesty and power, and for His Fatherly kindness and faithfulness in hearing and answering my prayers.
What Jesus can do for a sin—sick person
Jesus heals Simon’s mother-
Jesus took away the fever of Simon’s wife’s mother. He gave her the desire and strength to wait on them all, in loving service. So today, when we come as sinners to Christ for forgiveness, He heals us from our sin-
This woman was RAVAGED by sickness, RAISED by the Saviour, RESTORED to soundness, and READY to serve. Lives broken and spoiled by the dreaded disease of sin can also be completely changed by putting personal faith in Jesus Christ!
 . We see this principle also in the life of the apostle, Paul. Three times he asked for a troubling physical affliction to be lifted from him. God’s response was, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. See 2 Corinthians 12:7-
Questions on Chapter 3
31 Problems at home.
A. As prayer is talking to the Lord, what does this passage teach you about prayer? Matthew 18:20 1 Peter 5:7
B. How can observing Simon’s mother-
C. Although you cannot be saved by serving Jesus, should someone saved by Him serve Him? Give reasons. Ephesians 2:8-10