Matt Redman - Once Again
1 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. 3 Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, "Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick." John 11:1-3 (NKJV)
Jesus, please help us call upon you when there is sickness in our families.
4 When Jesus heard that, He said, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it." 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was. John 11:4-6 (NKJV)
Father, I pray that all our infirmities will bring you glory.
7 Then after this He said to the disciples, "Let us go to Judea again." 8 The disciples said to Him, "Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?" 9 Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him." John 11:7-10 (NKJV)
Jesus, you are the light of my life; help me daily walk by your light.
11 These things He said, and after that He said to them, "Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up." 12 Then His disciples said, "Lord, if he sleeps he will get well." 13 However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep. 14 Then Jesus said to them plainly, "Lazarus is dead. 15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him." 16 Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with Him." 17 So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days. John 11:11-17 (NKJV)
Lord, death is a part of our lives; help us in our hours of grief.
18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away. 19 And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. John 11:18-19 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help us offer hope as well as consolation.
20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. 21 Then Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You." 23 Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." 24 Martha said to Him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day." John 11:20-24 (NKJV)
Father, help us, like Martha, place our hope in the resurrection at the last day.
25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?" 27 She said to Him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world." John 11:25-27 (NKJV)
Jesus, you are my hope and resurrection. You are the anointed one and I believe that you will gather your flock to yourself at the day of resurrection.
There Is A Hope - Stuart Townend (Lyrics)
Bless and guide the man you care calling to be bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany. Bless and guide the bishops of the Diocese of the Living Word (Anglican Church in North America): Julian Dobbs, Dan Herzog, Dave Bena, and Bill Love.
A Word Received: Turn to me with expectation over what I can do. I Am resurrection and I Am life; though you shall die, yet shall you live.