How to Handle Bad News
How do you respond to bad news? Do you immediately go into panic mode and begin to pray desperately for God’s intervention? Do you send out an emergency SOS signal asking as many people as possible to pray for you? How effective has this approach been? I suggest you try another approach which will be far more effective. It’s the approach Jesus took when faced with a crisis.
And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.” So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him…While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” (Mark 5:22-24, 35, 36 NKJV)
Notice how Jesus responded to bad news and a crisis. He refused to panic. Nor did He tell Jairus to pray harder or call for an emergency prayer meeting. He simply says to Jairus, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” That’s Jesus’ way of dealing with emergencies!
Prayer is not your Savior; Jesus is! Prayer is effective in a crisis when it proves and demonstrates your faith. It is counter-productive when it is motivated by fear and doubt. Sadly, many prayers uttered during times of crisis are produced by fear and not by faith. And that’s why the results obtained are minimal at best!
Remember, in times of trouble, prayer is not your Savior; Jesus is! Don’t depend on prayer; depend on Him. It’s not your much praying that will move the hand of God. It’s your faith. The role of prayer in a crisis is to bring you to Him. It is to help you to become more conscious of Jesus’ presence, promise, and power. It is to help you to believe and stop being afraid.
So when bad news comes to shake your confidence and produce fear, the solution is not to “pray harder,” as though prayer is your Savior, but to “trust fully” as though the problem is no match for Jesus. Like He did for Jairus, Jesus will produce miracles and breakthroughs for you when you believe He has already heard your prayers, He is in full control, and He is at work in your situation, no matter how bleak things look.
Child of God, since you have already prayed and Jesus is with you, do not let bad news send you into panic mode. Fear not, only believe!