Readiness

by Carolyn Hope

But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2:5)

Mary was undaunted by Jesus’ original refusal. She acted in readiness for a miracle anyway. She still believed He would do what she asked, and she got ready for the miracle even before He agreed to do it. In an almost defiant faith, she prepared the servants to receive instructions from Jesus.

More often than not, there is a waiting process between the time you make a request and the time you receive what you asked for. There’s a season of waiting between God’s promises and their fulfillment. When you find yourself in this time, don’t sit around in idleness. Ready yourself for the miracle you’re believing for. Be prepared to use the gift you’ve asked God for.

Sometimes this readiness looks radical and crazy. If you’ve been asking God for a child for the past several years, act in faith by setting up the nursery. If you’ve applied for a specific job and are waiting to hear back from the company, go buy the new clothes you would need if you received the job. Be ready. Be ready for the answer you are believing God will give you.

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Request

by Carolyn Hope

The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.” (John 2:3)

Mary saw a lack and asked Jesus to fill it. The wedding celebration was far from over, but the wine had run out. When Mary saw this, she considered it the perfect opportunity for her son to come forth and show Himself as the Messiah. With motherly subtleness, she went to Jesus and told Him, “They have no more wine.” This wasn’t so much a statement of facts as it was a nudging to do something only Jesus could do. What Mary was really saying was, Son, here’s your chance to help someone in need. Show yourself!

Don’t be afraid to make requests of God. When you see a need, come with boldness before your King and ask Him to satisfy it. Philippians 4:6 says “in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Go ahead; speak up. Speak out. Share your heart and desires with Jesus. He longs to hear from you. He longs to know the deep hopes of your heart. You don’t know what can come from a faith-filled request. You could even see a miracle.

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