Prayer (5 minutes):
- Thank God for a new morning & for refreshment in His Word
- Ask Him to reveal areas of life that you’ve held back, or areas where you haven’t given Him your full trust
- Ask Him to shape your prayers and thinking to trust Him to answer your prayers
Scripture (5 minutes): John 4:27-45 (ESV)
So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death.
So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.”
The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way. As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was recovering. So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, and all his household. This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee.
Meditation (5 minutes): Meditate on the phrase below. Repeat it 3x out loud.
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
I love the specificity of the dad’s request to Jesus in this passage.
He’s terrified his son will die, and he figures he has nothing to lose by asking Jesus to save the boy. What I love is the specificity and the expectation with which the man prays. Even when Jesus pushes back against the request, the man presses on and asks Jesus with urgency to come and heal his son.
Praying with expectation and full-faith is something I’ve struggled with, and am continuing to learn. Jesus told us to “Ask and it shall be given to you.” No doubt we can misapply this verse, but more frequently we fail to ask because we don’t want to be disappointed. Completely faithless.
I’m praying specific prayers with faith today. What are you praying for? I’d be happy to join in if there are specific prayers you’d like to share!