LIFe with God: July 17-18

Posted on July 17, 2010


John 11:1-45

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway


What does the story of Lazarus teach about the difference between our timing and God’s timing? About our expectations and God’s ability to provide? About both Jesus’ humanity and His deity?


How should I respond to people who have lost a loved one? How can I encourage and comfort them? Do I trust Jesus as Thomas and Martha did?


Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord Jesus, it is a sad and difficult thing when loved ones are sick and dying. I thank You that in Your humanity, You experienced this as we do. I pray for those in my life who are ill, dying, or who have lost a loved one, and I ask that You would comfort them with Your love and grace. I pray for those who are still living with their ailments, and ask that You would provide healing for them–physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. And whether You choose to deliver them or not, I pray that the Father will be glorified through them. I thank You that, as with Lazarus, You sometimes work even more mightily through the death of Your saints. I ask that You would empower me to trust You fully, regardless of whether my loved ones are healed or not. I thank You that You give us opportunities to see You work and believe in You more deeply.

Lord, just as Thomas was ready to follow You to death in this passage, give me the faith always to be willing to die for You or to live for You, just as You see fit. Likewise, as Martha believed after her brother’s death, “even now God will give You whatever You ask”, give me the faith to trust You and believe that You can do anything–even in the darkest of circumstances. I believe that You are the Resurrection and the Life. And I thank You that, because I believe in You I will live, even if my body dies; and my spirit will never die. I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who came into the world. I praise You that You raised Lazarus from the dead. But I praise You more that You raised Yourself from the dead. And although Lazarus died again years later, I thank You and praise You that all who believe in You will be physically raised and glorified to a new life in new bodies without spot or blemish for all eternity! Amen!

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin)
  • Danielle Youngblood (Kayla, Kendra)
  • Janeth & Moy


  • Chapel Mission India


  • That we would be devoted to thanksgiving and praise to our Lord–for what He has done, for what He is doing, for what He will do, and for who He is–in good times and bad.


  • Franceine Anderson
  • Jenn Austring
  • Sher Brodoski


  • Lito Dictican, Port of Tacoma


  • That we will be devoted to evangelism and growth; that the Lord will add to our numbers those who are being saved.

Pray to BLESS!
One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16

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