John 9 – Verse by Verse

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In this chapter Jesus heals a man born blind. The man is eventually drawn to worship Jesus. This healing simultaneously exposes the blindness of the religious leaders.

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A Prayer Prompted by John 9

Dear Father in heaven,

Thanks to Jesus the light of the world, we can say with the blind man that we were once blind but now we see. We thank you for opening our eyes to the truth that Jesus is the Son of God, the Son of Man and the Savior that we need.

Help us to hold on tightly to that faith, knowing that in a world full of trials, troubles and temptations, Jesus is our only hope.

And let us serve you with good works, the very kind that you have planned for us, so that we can carry out our mission as lights in this dark and dying world.

In Christ,

Amen 

John 5 – Verse by Verse

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Jesus heals a man at the pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem – “an invalid for thirty-eight years.”  The day happens to be a Sabbath, which leads to a serious conflict over Christ’s authority.

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A Prayer Prompted by John 5

Heavenly Father,

Like like the man sitting near the pool of Bethesda, we need healing.  He was an invalid for thirty-eight years.  There are areas of our lives that have been injured, disfigured and hurting for a very long time as well.

Yet we know that at the word of Jesus healing can take place.  The most chronic condition is no special obstacle to you.  Please heal us,Lord.

If there is something we need to do to walk in our new condition, help us to know what that is.  This man had to get up, take up his bed and walk.  What do we have to do to prove to ourselves or to others that we are in fact healed?

We also see that immediately after his healing, the man in the story did not know it was Jesus who had healed him.  Help us to give credit where credit is due.  We are not healed by our own determination or initiative.  We are not even directly healed by the help of others, though you may use others in the process.  We are healed by you.

Help us, dear Father, to walk in the newness of life that is ours.

In Christ,

Amen