How many of you are familiar with the story of Lazarus found in John 11? When you read this chapter of God’s Word, what questions or thoughts come to mind? I have read this story on more than one occasion. Only recently has God opened my eyes to an awesome perspective of the miracle He performed in Judea.
What did Lazarus have to do with his healing and resurrection? Think about that for a minute two… If you are like me, I couldn’t come up with anything that Lazarus actually had to do with his healing. In fact, he was DEAD! It was Mary and Martha who prayed believing God for his healing. Because of Mary and Martha’s faith, Jesus showed up, intentionally after Lazarus had died to show the power and glory of God!
What this shows me is that we are to NEVER GIVE UP in our prayers and belief when it comes to our friends and loved ones who are either wandering from the cross, sick, or perhaps still yet to come to know Him personally.
God is giving us opportunities to believe in Him and grow our faith when we committ to praying for difficult situations. This is when His power is perfected!
So the next time you struggle with wondering if your prayers are making difference, turn to the story of Lazarus and BELIEVE!
This Lord’s Day, take a few minutes out and read the story of Lazarus and consider the alternate title, THE STORY OF MARY AND MARTHA’s belief in JESUS! Even though they wavered in their faith, Jesus showed up and strengthened them with a MIRACLE they once EXPECTED!
-Jason (what an awesome role we “get to” play in God’s grand story of redemption)