We were blessed to attend two wonderful churches yesterday in the Atlanta area. At Passion City, Pastor Louie is preaching a series called “Wide Awake” based on John 11. It’s the story of Lazarus being sick and Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus that he was not doing well… They needed Jesus. They needed a miracle. Jesus didn’t make it in time and Lazarus died.
Have you ever felt like that? You’ve called out to Jesus, but He didn’t answer when you want or in the way you want? In fact, it feels like He isn’t listening or that His lack of response may make you feel, even if just for a moment, that your prayer isn’t a priority to Him.
Of course, we know the rest of the story. Lazarus died. But even death doesn’t stop our Jesus. He arrived and Jesus woke Lazarus up. He wasn’t going to just heal Lazarus from an illness, He was going to raise him from the dead.
In the meantime, Mary, Martha and the others were mourning the loss of Lazarus. They mourned what could’ve been. They mourned Jesus not answering when/how they wanted. They didn’t realize the story wasn’t over and He still had a plan.
We have been praying a Lazarus prayer. Actually two. In fact, I would say we are even mourning the fact that Jesus hasn’t shown up yet with a miracle (or two). Despite that, we do know that in His sovereignty, God knows the rest of the story and has a plan. Like Louie said, “When you walk with Jesus, you know it’s going to be ok.”
Would you pray with us that God will bring the miracle? Will you pray for us that if it’s not in the time we want or in the way we want, we’ll trust Him and His plan?
Romans 8:28 We know that all things work together for the goodof those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.