The raising of Lazarus is the seventh and final sign in the first section of the Gospel of John. With it Jesus proclaims himself to be the resurrection and the life.
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Dear heavenly Father,
We receive your Son Jesus as our Shepherd. We put our faith and total trust in him.
We believe that you sent him to lay down his life for us. We receive that eternal life offered by your grace. Let us never waver from that commitment. Let no one ever remove us from your hand.
In Christ, Amen.
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.
You reveal your heart toward those that have been set aside by others in the way you sent Jesus directly to this Samaritan woman. He then reveals his heart in the way he gently but directly made himself known to her.
We pray that you would do the same for us and for others that we know – make yourself known in the most personal way that you can. Show us how we might join with you by making you known to those who are marginalized in this world. Help us also to exercise as great a faith as the official with the dying son.
Help us to put in the same amount of effort to get close to Jesus – the kind that would walk a full day to see him if needed. And help us to be willing to trust you even when we do not see the immediate answers to our prayers. You can be at work whether we see it or not.