Read through the Bible in 2 years: Psalm 3; Proverbs 1:8-9; John 4:46-5:47
"You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life." John 5:39-40 ESV
When the official’s son was healed, the official himself believed, and so did his whole household. How I pray that my whole household will be saved!
Before healing the lame man, Jesus asked him, “Do you want to be healed?” What a silly question, and yet how often would we rather return to our vomit and our pigpen. We say we want to be healed, we say we want to forsake our sin, but do we? Father, help us to want to want to follow You!
Jesus wanted these Jewish people to be saved, and He wants us to be saved, too. These Jews searched the scriptures because they wanted to find eternal life in them, yet it was those very scriptures who testified to Jesus Christ, the long-awaited Savior. How many people are sitting in our churches year after year, yet missing the Messiah?
So much testified to the deity of Christ – John the Baptizer who came before Christ to make the way straight for Him, Jesus’s miracles, the Father’s own voice from heaven (Mark 1:11), the scriptures – and yet people still refused to believe and be saved. How much like people today. These people were seeking glory from one another, rather than seeking glory from God. Again, how much like people today.
Will you pray with me?
What an honor to call You Father. You have created each of us by Your will. You are worthy to receive all glory and honor and power (Revelation 4:11). I am not Your equal. No one is. I am not God and I never will be God. Rather, I have been created in Your likeness and for Your purposes, that You might be glorified in me and through me. Help me to be humble. Help me to search the scriptures faithfully and rightly, with a pure heart and a pure mind.
I want to know You more, that I would love You more and be more like You.
Make me a faithful witness like the Samaritan woman at the well that we read about yesterday, bearing testimony to others of the saving power of Jesus Christ. Help me to be Your faithful servant, doing Your will and Your work.
I pray that my whole household would believe. I pray for each of my children and their spouses and children. I pray for my parents and my sister and her family. I pray that they would see You in me and that they would search the scriptures faithfully for themselves.
Like some people believed after hearing the Samaritan woman’s testimony, but many more believed after hearing Jesus for themselves, I pray that many would listen to Jesus with their own ears and be saved.
In the powerful name of Messiah Jesus I pray,