Thursday Morning: 17 Jan 2019 – John 4:46-54 ~ from beggar to believer

Thursday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (Collect for Purity)

Almighty God: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of my heart through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ my Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – John 4:46-54 (NLT)

Jesus Heals an Official’s Son

As he traveled through Galilee, he came to Cana, where he had turned the water into wine. There was a government official in nearby Capernaum whose son was very sick. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged Jesus to come to Capernaum to heal his son, who was about to die.

Jesus asked, “Will you never believe in me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?”

The official pleaded, “Lord, please come now before my little boy dies.”

Then Jesus told him, “Go back home. Your son will live!” And the man believed what Jesus said and started home.

While the man was on his way, some of his servants met him with the news that his son was alive and well. He asked them when the boy had begun to get better, and they replied, “Yesterday afternoon at one o’clock his fever suddenly disappeared!” Then the father realized that that was the very time Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” And he and his entire household believed in Jesus. This was the second miraculous sign Jesus did in Galilee after coming from Judea.
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Morning Reflection:

I am a member of a ministry team that receives online requests from people all over the world. Often the requests received are from desperate people and, while I am not personally able to meet their immediate needs, I can and do point them to the same God who takes care of me.

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs
from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

– Philippians 4:19

I do this out of compassion for the person, but also with the hope that as their emergency needs are met, God will be glorified and his Spirit will lead them into a life-changing relationship with his Son, Jesus Christ.

Which leads me to our reading today –

Jesus asked, “Will you never believe in me
unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?”
– John 4:48

I want my relationship with Jesus to be based on my faith in who He is – God with us, the Savior of the world – the One who came to give me a full, satisfying life now and forever. Not simply, what He can do for me in an emergency. How about you?

Questions for consideration:

+ What kind of relationship do you have with Jesus?
+ When do you pray? What do you pray for?
+ What happens when you don’t get what you asked for?
+ Does your prayer life need an adjustment?
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Morning Prayer:

Heavenly Father: Thank you for allowing us to bring our requests to you through your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Thank you for the mercy and help we have received in our times of need. Fill us with a desire for more of you, for a deeper abiding relationship with you – so that we may always stand firm in our faith – when you give, and when you take away. To the glory of your name. Amen.
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“Blessed Be Your Name” – Matt Redman

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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