August 09, 2019: SOAP #3536:  Jeremiah 3-4; John 11 Scripture:  John (NIV) 11:41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 “And I know that You always hear Me, but […]

August 09, 2019: SOAP #3536: Jeremiah 3-4; John 11

Scripture:  John (NIV) 11:41 Then they took away the stonefrom the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes andsaid, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 “And I knowthat You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I saidthis, that they may believe that You sent Me.” 43 Now when He had saidthese things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!”

Observation:   Prayer is the personal expression of a relationshipwith God.  In the above passage, Jesus expressedhis relationship with the Father for the benefit of those close by who wouldhear His prayer. 

They heard the loving, unbroken relationship of a Son to His Father.  They heard the confidence that the Son had inthe Father"confidence that the Father always heard his prayers.  They heard the Son's desire that people knowthat Jesus was on earth because He was sent by the Father.   

What Jesus was about to do, was an expression of the Father's love forpeople. 

Application:  As the Father sent Jesus, so Jesus has sentme.  It is important for people around meto know God.  God sends me to them sothat they may see Him at work in my life and desire Him to be in their livesalso.  When I have opportunity to pray inpublic, I should pray so that people listening to my prayer desire a closer relationshipwith my Heavenly Father.

Prayer:  Holy Spirit, so work in and through my lifethat people can easily see Jesus.  Lovepeople through me.  Minister to themthrough me.  Use me to draw them to ourloving Heavenly Father.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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