Jesus, the Great Problem Solver

Jesus, the Great Problem Solver

A prayer by Maria Fontaine

Thank You, dear Jesus, that You’re the greatest problem solver. You came to solve mankind’s biggest problem—our need for salvation, to be freed from having to pay the price for our sins. But You didn’t stop there. During Your earthly life You solved so many other problems. When there was no wine at the wedding, You created more wine.1 When people came to You with their health problems, even ones they’d had for many years, You healed them.2 When there was no food for the multitudes You were teaching and everyone was hungry, You multiplied the loaves and fishes.3 When the adulterous woman was about to be stoned, You had a big problem on Your hands, but with great wisdom, humility, and love You put the hypocrites in their place and not only saved but changed the woman’s life.4

And every day You make Yourself available to help me solve my problems. Thank You for that! I know that I’m a mess. I’m only human. I make mistakes. I say and do the wrong things at times. Sometimes I hurt others without meaning to. That’s why I need Your help so much.

Please help me to see problems as challenges, not as dead ends or disasters, knowing that You’re there to help and that no problem is too big for You. Thank You for how You manage to turn every problem and difficulty I face into a steppingstone to greater progress. I know You have the power to solve the problems I face today, so I call on that power now. Amen.

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A Little Help from Jesus

A young boy was trying very hard to lift a heavy object when his father came into the room and asked, “Are you using all your strength?”

“Yes, of course I am!” the boy impatiently exclaimed.

“No, you’re not,” his father answered. “You haven’t asked me to help you!”

So it is with Jesus and us. Often, a little help from Jesus is all the help we need.

1. John 2:1–11
2. Matthew 12:15; Luke 4:40
3. Matthew 14:15–21
4. John 8:3–11
Maria Fontaine

Maria Fontaine

Maria Fontaine is the spiritual and administrative co-director (along with her husband, Peter Amsterdam) of the Family International, a Christian community of faith dedicated to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. She is the author of numerous articles on the Christian faith life. (Articles by Maria Fontaine used in Activated are adapted.)

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