Wednesday Night Recap

 

Friends,

Wednesday we continued our discussion of the prayers of Jesus. Our text was John 11:38-34.

“So they took away the stone, and Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, ‘Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. I knew that thou hearest me always, but I have said this on account of the people standing by, that they may believe that thou didst send me.’ When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out.'”

1) What was the purpose of this prayer?

“…that they may believe that thou didst send me.” Jesus primary concern is the salvation of the people. He wants them to have eternal life.

We discussed the fact that this is the primary purpose of all that Jesus said and did. He was not so much concerned with the peoples earthly circumstance as He was with their eternal souls.

2) What does this prayer teach us?

To often we see prayer as a mechanism to meet our needs or the needs of those we love.

In this passage Jesus is showing us that our primary concern should be where we will spend eternity. Jesus wants us to understand that we were created for eternity. This life is a temporary mist.

This does not mean that Jesus is unconcerned with our circumstance. He wants us to make our request known to Him. However, He wants us to see our circumstance from a divine perspective. In whatever circumstance we find ourselves we must realize that He is with us and using it to transform us into the image of Christ. That is why Paul writes that we should give thanks in whatever circumstance we find ourselves.

Next week John 6:1-14. Consider the following questions:

1) Why does Jesus need to give thanks to God before the food is distributed?

2) What did Philip and the other disciples learn from this event?

3) What does this passage teach us about God’s provision?

See you Wednesday.

John

 

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