Personal, present needs.

Luke prays for us every morning before work. It was a habit that was forced into practice by our mentors when we were going through a rough patch in our marriage a couple years ago. It was hard to start, but it’s become a part of our morning routine that we both continue to show up for.

This morning, after praying for my day, Luke asked Jesus to help him and his coworkers with a difficult project. I was immediately inspired, and followed up with praying for focus and organization for my projects as well.

It was actually a really powerful time of prayer for me, despite the fact that it was all of about five minutes. I realized that I spend a lot of my time praying for the big picture stuff, like health and provision and God’s will to be done. But I don’t spend time in the details. But the details is where I need him most.

Earlier this week I read the following passage in the gospel of John, chapter 2:

The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. 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.”

Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions.

When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. 10 “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!”

11 This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

When I read this passage, what stuck out to me was that Jesus didn’t have to turn this water into wine, and he expressed as much to his mom. But he did it anyway. In my study bible, it mentioned that weddings during this time were week long celebrations, and for them to run out of wine would be a huge embarrassment. So in essence, this was a culture problem. A personal issue. Not a problem of biblical proportions. But do you see what Jesus did? He turned the water into wine. The best wine. He may have saved the entire celebration!

This was the first time he revealed his glory, and it was personal. It was a present need. I love that.

I’m very inspired this morning to bring my personal, present needs to Jesus.

Resources:
New Living Translation Bible
NLT Life Application Study Bible

Even now. Even here.

The following is a declaration of faith – the start to a prayer you can pray when things are difficult. I have learned that even in the waiting, wishing, and hoping, and even in the pain, confusion, and chaos, the Lord is with us.

Even now. Even here.

I will abide, even now. I will trust you, even now. I will believe, even now. Because you are working. You never grow weak or weary.

I will pray and seek you, even now. I know that you are leading me by your Holy Spirit, and shedding light onto my path. At every turn, you are with me. In everything, you are right beside me. When the heights are higher than I can climb, you sustain me.

Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
    and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails,
    and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
    and the cattle barns are empty,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord!
    I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
The Sovereign Lord is my strength!
    He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
    able to tread upon the heights.
Habakkuk 3:17-19

So even here, I will praise you. Even here, I will bless your name. I trust that you will teach me and show me your best way. I can face my fears, because you are with me.

There is nothing you do not know, and nothing escapes your eye.

I will bless the Lord who guides me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
I know the Lord is always with me.
    I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
Psalm 16:7-9

 

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I realized something important this week. The basis for knowing Jesus on any level must first and foremost be rooted in the Word. For the Word is the absolute truth of who he is.

Through the Word I can learn his personality, what he values. Through the Word I learn what his voice sounds like.

With a basis like that, I can know and discern when I am hearing truth, twisted truth, and lies. Over the past couple years I have begun to trust him deeply because of what I’ve read. And that trust has turned into a level of confidence in him that I never thought possible.

It’s time to listen for his leading. To spend ever more time in prayer. To pay attention each moment of the day. For he loves me. He loves you!

I strongly encourage you to make reading the Word (the Bible) a regular discipline. You won’t always experience a grand revelation, but you will begin to learn. And the more time you spend, the more you’ll hear the Lord. The more he’ll be able to speak to you.