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PRAYER

February 26, 2016

Friday

 

Prayer of Praise and Worship

 

John 11:41

 

Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.

 

 

LESSON

 

Jesus’ reply summarized what He had said to Martha earlier. He viewed raising someone to life as an act that glorified God by revealing His Son. Martha’s willingness to allow the removal of the stone testified to her confidence in Jesus. When the stone was away from the tomb’s entrance, every eye must have been on Jesus to see what He would do.

Jesus addressed God in prayer, as His “Father.” He spoke as though the raising of Lazarus was something that the Father had already decreed, which was true. His prayer was not a request for Lazarus’ resurrection, rather it was a prayer of thanksgiving for what the Father would shortly do: “I thank You that You have heard Me.” It had the effect of focusing attention on the Son as God’s Agent in performing the miracle. Jesus’ prayer also had the effect of drawing the onlookers into His intimate relationship with the Father, and proving that He really did do nothing independently of the Father.

As you study Jesus’ life you realize that even though He did not lay aside his deity, He did humble himself as a man, to serve all humanity. So Jesus understands what we are facing in our lives.

 

Memory Verse: Luke 18:43

 

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