29 Then, right after getting out of the synagogue, they went into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 But Simon’s mother-in-law was lying sick with fever, so they quickly told him about her. 31 Then, after coming to her, he raised her up, taking hold of her hand. So the fever left her, and she served them.
just because he cares
The usual approach to this story is to highlight the fact that Peter’s mother-in-law was healed so that she could serve Jesus and the disciples. But there is a more basic message here, that we cannot afford to overlook. Jesus did not have to heal this woman. They didn’t need this woman’s ministry so much that they could not have gotten along without her. The point is, they told Jesus of her sickness because they cared about her, and they knew that Jesus cares about her too. Jesus did not heal this woman so that she could work for his kingdom. If he heals me or you, it will not be because he needs us to do something. Jesus heals and delivers just because he cares about us. He doesn’t need another reason.
So, if you are concerned that some of the people on your prayer list have not given much indication that once they are healed they might contribute more to Christ’s kingdom – forget that. There are plenty of stories in the Gospels to show that Jesus healed many people who turned around and forgot his message. He healed them for the same reason he healed this woman. He will heal those we pray for on the basis of the same reason. Our Lord loves people. That is all the reason he needs to answer our prayers for them. He has no ulterior motive because both his message and his miracles are reflections of himself.
LORD, give us the wisdom to keep praying for people with needs, regardless of our assessment of their value for your kingdom.