JOHN | When our best-laid plans fail. {DAY TWO}

READ: JOHN CHAPTER TWO

“When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” {John 2:3-5, ESV}

Have you ever planned something so perfectly only to have disaster strike?

I’m a party planner.  I love to plan events, large and small; I’ve even owned my own wedding and event planning business not too long ago. I’ve organized everything from your small family affair to the epic formal extravaganza of a wedding.   And in all my planning, there is no way I would allow something, as significant as wine was at the wedding in Cana, to run out during an event. That would be unimaginable.  After all, that’s the whole point of planning, right?

I would venture to guess that many of us reading today’s story can relate to having some of our best-laid plans, fail.  And maybe not just fail a little but that oopsie-daisy whopper of a fail.

Today’s scripture takes place at a wedding feast, a time when so much would have been prepared and provided for in advance, and yet they still found themselves wanting.  What a stroke of genius to have invited Jesus to the wedding.

When we invite Jesus into our hearts, we get to bring Him as an honorary guest at all our parties!

When you pray, do you lay the whole request before God? Or do you edit your players?  If I’m honest, I edit! Sometimes I wonder, does an Almighty God really have time for my piddly requests? Especially when I have a friend battling cancer, or another struggling in her marriage, or yet another grieving a great loss.  I can start to believe His power is reserved for those big life situations and much better suited for raising the dead, healing the sick, and bringing sight back to the blind, level of prayer requests.

When Mary casually points out the wedding problem to Jesus, at first glance it seems like the Lord gives a very brazen and maybe even disrespectful response when He asks, “Woman, what does this have to do with me?” We know that the Lord would never break one of the ten commandments and disrespect his own mother, right?

So what should we understand about this exchange?

Maybe in Jesus’ response, the real question He’s alluding to is “do we believe the Lord is able?” And if we do, would we just hint at our needs, or would we ask boldly, believing in His ability to help us? Knowing that God is able and so eager to help us even in the small, frivolous requests of our lives because our frivolous requests are never frivolous to Him.

When I focus on my lack, my asking becomes shallow. But when I focus on the Lord's ABLE, I align my ask to His power. Click To Tweet

Mary responds in great faith when she instructs the servants to do whatever Jesus tells them to do; knowing that Jesus was not only able but that He would provide.

Friends, the Lord cares about your frivolous and what may seem like small requests!  He desires to be in a close, intimate relationship with us and that means attending to all our concerns.  He cares about every minute detail of our lives and He wants to be our knight in shining armor who swoops in and is our ever-present help!

If you’re feeling tempted to hold back your requests or even edit your prayers because you think God’s got bigger things to deal with, let’s change that today.  God is so big and faithful and able to handle ALL! – Everything from our little requests to the big audacious prayers we toss at Him. Believe it!

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” {Mark 11:24, ESV}

 

Reflect:

  • Do you have any requests or needs you’ve been holding back from asking because you see bigger needs that you feel God should be handling?
  • When you survey your prayers, do you see any area where you may not be believing God’s big enough to help you and where you may have been hinting instead of boldly asking God when you pray?

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BethAnn Foro
BethAnn Foro

Howdy, I’m BethAnn! Founder, Author, Bible Teacher, & Chief Visionary at She Believes Ministries. I love to gather and encourage women everywhere to lean into Jesus and simply BELIEVE HIM! Not just believe in God but truly believe all of Him for our whole life! I’m so happy you are here at SHE BELIEVES, I hope you find encouragement and deep refreshment for your soul through the online pages and faith-based resources at SHE BELIEVES MINISTRIES!

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