The Lesson and Life for January 24, 2016

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The Lesson and Life for January 24, 2016

Devotional thoughts on John 2:1-12

By Elizabeth Matko

What if Mary had not chosen to intercede for the bride and groom who had run out of wine? Would the astounding miracle in Cana ever have happened? Would God’s glory have been revealed that day? Would the disciples’ faith have been solidified?

Sometimes we need someone to intercede on our behalf. 

Prayer Accomplishes Much 

Intercessory prayer is a way of connecting others with Jesus; a way to increase our faith and theirs; a way to make God’s glory evident, even to those who may be reluctant to believe. Yet I am convicted by how little time I spend watching for the needs of others, praying for those needs, and following up on those needs. 

God tells us to pray, not only for ourselves, but others (1 Timothy 2:1, Ephesians 6:18); to ask with unselfish motives (James 4:3); to pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). He assures us that when we ask, two things happen: he will hear (1 John 5:14), and his glory will be revealed (John 2:11). Praying for others is a way of shining God’s light into their lives at those vulnerable times when they may be more receptive to him (Matthew 5:16). 

Follow Mary’s Example

Mary helped the new couple by going to Jesus. We too should go to Jesus on behalf of those around us who are facing difficulties. Be on the lookout for needs that exist, as Mary was. Some people are prone to suffer in silence, so be alert and sensitive. 

Keep a written record of prayer requests to help you remember to keep in touch, follow up, and make adjustments to your prayers as needed. Pray continually. Persevere until the answer comes, whether it’s weeks, months, or even years. Let people know that you haven’t forgotten and are faithfully praying. Above all, glorify God by praising him in some special way when your requests are answered. My daughter keeps a praise jar on display in her living room. Each time a prayer is answered, she puts a seashell in the jar. It is a very visual way to show others how loving and gracious God is! 

Elizabeth Matko from Kirtland, Ohio, retired from her years of work with Alzheimer’s residents. She now travels with her husband, Dan, especially enjoying time with her two daughters and their families.

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