OBEDIENCE AND PRAYER

John 1: 1 – 3
The Word: John 1: 1 – 3 (KJV)

1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.

Dig Deeper:
John 2: 4 – 5  
(KJV)

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

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OBEDIENCE AND PRAYER

Thank God for 21 days of prayer and fasting. It is important that after taking time to seek God for this period, we continue praising and thanking him ahead for answered prayers. Once we have prayed, we need to have faith that God has heard and that we will come back with testimonies.

In some cases after we have prayed, the answers may not come like an already opened door. Instead it may come in the form of God giving us the key to open that door. Matthew 7: 7 talks about asking and receiving, seeking and finding, knocking and the door being opened. Now we have asked in the last 21 days. But instead of God opening the door atimes, he may give you the keys or codes that opens the door. Example is someone praying for finances and God gives you a business idea or someone trusting God for a husband and God directs your steps by the Holy Spirit to where you will be connected to the right spouse. Now in those cases obedience is important. It may not be enough just to pray for certain things. Steps of obedience after the prayers is equally very important. Obedience is the final key that unlocks the door to unending breakthrough. 

In our text today, Jesus was invited to a wedding. His mum Mary was also invited. Along the line the wine finished. Before this time Jesus had never done any public miracles which is recorded in the bible. But according to Jewish historians (especially Josephus Flavius), it seemed he had been doing little, little miracles at home. So his mother somehow knew he was able to do something about the wine shortage at the wedding.  So she told him: ‘The wine is finished’
Jesus’ response was firstly: ‘What have I to do with you’ in other words: why are you getting me involved in all these. Then he said ‘My hour has not yet come. Which means I will do your request but it is not yet time. And for someone reading this, God has heard your prayers, however the manifestation will be in the process of time. Mary told the servants: whatever he says, just do it. And that is the key. In this case what they needed was wine. What they were given was not wine exactly but an instruction that if followed will give the wine desired. For someone reading this, God through the Holy Spirit will start prompting and giving you instructions as a result of your prayers. When those instructions are obeyed, there will be a delivery of the things that you have requested from him.

Prayer focus:  Why not give him praise for answered prayers…..

On Prayer: The power of prayer and fasting – 21 days that can change your life – Marilyn Hickey
Masterlife Workbook: The Church is embarking on weeks of discipleship workbook study starting with the Masterlife: Disciple’s cross.

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