Daily D – John 2:3-5
The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.” “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” JOHN 2:3-5 (NLT)
Someone ought to write a book called, How to Talk to God. Think of all the things that book would teach.
- How to address God
- How to praise God
- How to thank God
- How to make requests of God for yourself
- How to make requests for other people
- How to pray about problems
- How to pray when you do not know what to say
- How to pray when angry
- How to pray when sad
- How to pray when full of joy
- How to pay as you walk along the way
The possibilities go on.
Actually, that book has been written. It is found right about the middle of the Old Testament. It is called Psalms. There you will find 150 poems, words of men to God which became God’s words to teach us how to talk to him. These are prayers real people prayed and God loved so much that he preserved them forever.
Do you ever wonder if he thinks about your prayers in the same way? Does he hold on to sticky notes and snippets from notepads with our requests which particularly moved his heart?
When we read John 2 about the wedding at Cana of Galilee, Baptists get uncomfortable with the whole wine thing. Why, I have even heard a Baptist preacher say, “If Jesus turns water into wine for you, then, and only then, you can drink it!”
Get past that issue for a moment and look at how Jesus’ mom, Mary, talked to Jesus, Immanuel, God with Us. She said rather pointedly, “They have no more wine.” Boom! Truth bomb! Jesus’ response is notable as well. “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied, “My time has not yet come.”
Facts are stubborn things. Newspapers used to be filled with them. Here the facts were clear: No wine; big embarrassment.
After Jesus’ response, Mary, undeterred, simply turned to the servants and told them, “Do whatever he tells you.” Is that the way to talk to God even if he is your own son? Where did she learn to talk like that? Sure, it sounds like Mom 101, but still. She more than anyone on earth knew who Jesus was. Which is why she talked to him the way she did.
Let’s examine this a bit more closely. What did she do? She took another person’s problem to Jesus. She then instructed the servants to get ready for what came next. This sounds a lot like the psalms. Today’s reading in the Following Jesus One Year Bible Reading Plan includes Psalm 54. How did David pray in response to his life being on the line?
Come with great power, O God, and rescue me!
Defend me with your might.
Listen to my prayer, O God.
Pay attention to my plea.
For strangers are attacking me;
violent people are trying to kill me.
They care nothing for God.
Urgent, to the point, and as the poem goes on, expectant.
But God is my helper.
The Lord keeps me alive!
When Jesus prayed on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” how did he learn to talk to our Father in heaven like that? It was a direct quote of Psalm 22:1.
We learn to pray by praying along with the prayers preserved for us in Psalms. I chose this Bible reading plan this year because it has a psalm each day. These keep me in school learning to pray.
Back to Mary and her request: She told Jesus the circumstances. She told the servants to do whatever he said. This is good praying. This is a nice model for us. It sounds like what the Apostle Paul says in Phil. 4:6, 7:
Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.
Today’s prayer lesson is this: Tell Jesus what the problem is. Get ready to do what he says.
One other note thought arises. Jesus did what only Jesus could do. What do you need from him that only he can do today? Tell him what it is. Do whatever he says. Miracles occur most often after obedience. Just a thought.
I will tell God what I need and do what he says.
Our Father, teach us to pray. Thank you for preserving Psalms for this purpose. Give us the kind of confidence Mary had that when she told Jesus the facts of the situation, he would respond appropriately. Teach us to express our fears to you and to expect your intervention. Teach us to trust you and to obey you. Amen.
CONNECT WITH ME!
Interested in learning more about Church Unique or Life Younique? Send a note through the Get In Touch box or Message me through the Facebook link above.
GET IN TOUCH!
READ MY BLOG!
Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.