"Prayer is where the action is." John Wesley
Dear Friends, prayer and financial partners,
Prayer is first of all a mystery. It is incomprehensible as to why God who knows everything, including our thoughts and that of others, would ask us to pray for one another. The rationale is, if God knows and can answer prayer, then why doesn’t he just do it?
The simple answer is because if He just did it, you would not benefit at all since your prayer request is all about the other person. God doesn’t work that way, however. He expects and wants us to get involved our concern for others, and what better way than to do than by praying for them. I know that sounds redundant, but it isn’t. The reason that prayer makes sense is that you and I are no longer depending on what we have the power to do—it’s out of our hands or control. Only a miracle will work. So, by prayer we are showing our utmost confident in God and taking Him at His word that He is a God of unquenchable love, and that love is the catalysis that gets things done.
Think of Jesus at the wedding of Cana (John 2:1-11). Mary, his mother turns to him and says, “They have run out of wine.” Whether this annoyed Him or not, I am not prepared to say, but His first response seems rather abrupt and to the point. He says, “Woman, what has this got to do with me?” Nonetheless, Mary, his mother, turns to the servants and says, “Do whatever he tells you.” Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
You know the rest of the story. It was the best wine, ever!
Now, why did Jesus do this? He had already said, it was His time to reveal His miraculous powers; yet, he did. Why? There can be only one answer, and we best know that by the love of a son for his mother. His mother was concerned which at first glance seems like a trivial matter; however, at a Jewish wedding in those day (and no doubt even today) it was a big deal to run out of wine at a wedding. Mary wanted to spare the host the embarrassment of doing so. Which reveals a side of Mary and Jesus that perhaps we would have never seen, had she not asked.
First of all we learn that small things matter to God, and small things should matter to us as well. Another person’s feelings is important. We should care. Why? Because ultimately God cares. This is just the spiritual version of “If you take care of the small things, the big things will take care of themselves.” Mary cared, and love worked the miracle. Herein lies another little secret of the Kingdom, too—that is, faith initiated in love on Mary’s part resulted in a Godly miracle.
God is eager to respond to us in a similar way, if only we ask with real concern and with a heart of love—because when love meets love in a divine encounter, things happen for the good.
Oh, may God give us insight into this mystery.Be blessed—better yet, bless others!