Jesus and His Mother: The Invitation of Prayer
Are you inviting Jesus into your daily life and trusting Him when you hit a snag?
Friday, May 19, 2023
By Joseph Parker
Reprinted from The Stand
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!” This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him
Jesus and His disciples were invited to a wedding. John 2:1-2 states “On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.”
Now the fact that Jesus and His disciples decided to attend a wedding is very interesting to consider.
One might readily think “Jesus is the Messiah, and the Savior of the world. Doesn’t He have more important things to do than attend a wedding?
While we might tend to think that, it’s important for us to be mindful of this truth. The Lord Jesus always followed the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit. So, apparently, the Holy Spirit directed Him to go to this wedding.
The Scripture makes it very clear and states that someone invited Jesus to the wedding. It probably was the bridegroom, but whoever invited Him, that was a wise thing to do.
Soon after the wedding began, a problem arose. The wedding party ran out of wine.
Now, nothing in chapter two indicates that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a part of the planning or directing of the wedding. Yet she probably realized “These folks have a serious problem and they need God to help them.”
When this serious problem arose, Mary stepped up and decided to help find a solution.
She took the problem to her son, Jesus.
And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine” (John 2:3).
Just as it was very wise for someone to invite Jesus to the wedding, we too are wise, through prayer, to invite Jesus into the events, the challenges, and the storms we encounter in life.
When we pray, we invite Christ to come into these events, circumstances, and crises that we are walking through in our lives. There is no matter or concern or problem that we should choose to leave Christ out of. Why? Because Jesus fixes problems.
Mary was Jesus’s mother. She had raised him from a baby. And though he was her Son, He was still God Almighty. Jesus is the answer to every problem and challenge in all of life. Whatever the problem might be, Christ is more than able to solve it.
So the question is: Am I inviting Christ into the events and challenges of life by praying and asking Him and trusting Him for His help?
Am I truly praying about the details of my life?
The Word of God tells us in James 4:2 “You do not have, because you do not ask.“
Too often in the life of a believer, the reason that he or she has not had certain needs met in their life is that they haven’t gone to God and asked Him to supply that need.
And again, through prayer, we are inviting Christ to come into our lives and help us. And we all really can use a lot of help.
So may we as the church be wise enough to realize that we really need, through prayer, to invite Christ into everything, every matter, and every event in our lives.
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened (Matthew 7:7-8).
Our Lord can turn water into wine. And He can take the messes in our lives, and turn them into masterpieces.
Our task – is to simply, in faith, ask.
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