Each week during Lent we are reflecting on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in preparation for celebrating Easter together.
SCRIPTURE: JOHN 14:1-14
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”
“Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am.
Be still and know.
"And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14:13
Lord Jesus, we know you and your Word well enough to realize you’re not a computer waiting for us give you instructions, nor a vending machine passively responding to our selections, nor a Genie giving us three wishes. You are our sovereign Master, not our private masseur.
That being said, you DO delight in our asking and our trusting you for things that seem impossible — things beyond our control, things that will bring you glory. And so we ask:
Jesus, dazzle our hearts afresh with your beauty, love, and grace. Once again, cause our knees to buckle with wonder, our feet to dance with delight, and our hearts to be filled with overflowing praise for who you are and all you’ve done for us.
Continue to heal our wounds and our wrong thinking. Free us to love and forgive, as you love and have forgiven us. Give us thicker skin around “snarky,” angry, meddling people; and bigger hearts to love and enjoy people so different from us — politically, spiritually, culturally.
Grant us quick, joyful repentances. Keep us from blaming anyone for our own sinful attitudes and bad choices. Increase our capacity to stay present and engaged in relationships. Help us to be quick and precise in our hearing, and slow to put our meaning on other people’s words.
Help us love your church more than we ever have, see your hand and heart at work everywhere we look, and live and love to your glory all the remaining days you give us. So very Amen we pray, in your holy, joyful, sovereign name.