Daily Office Readings for Monday in the Week of the Third Sunday after the Epiphany: Year 2
“The official said to him, ‘Sir, come down before my little boy dies.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your son will live.’ The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way.” (John 4:49 – 50)
Intercessory prayer is so important. In fact, prayer on behalf of others may be the most prayed prayers. But like the official above, when we pray for someone, we must believe and go, go believing our Lord Jesus has done, or is doing, what is best.
I’m not so sure I like the follow up in this passage because the official father is trying to prove to himself that it was in fact Jesus that did the healing. “As he was going down, his slaves met him and told him that his child was alive. So he asked them the hour when he began to recover, and they said to him, ‘Yesterday at one in the afternoon the fever left him.’ The father realized that this was the hour when Jesus had said to him, ‘Your son will live.’ So he himself believed, along with his whole household.” (John 4: 51 – 53)
Prayer is not fact based. It is hope however. We must hope and pray for people we love and for anyone whom we realize is in dire straits. Prayer to our Lord Jesus works. We sincerely ask for help or healing or comfort for others and our Lord Jesus will hear our plea, and will respond. Remember, God’s ears hears tears. Never, never, never give up, and don’t try to make sense of the Lord’s work but rather just be thankful for it. Thank You Lord Jesus.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John