20Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. ~ Revelation 3:20 (ESV)
Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post. Today we are going to focus on whether or not we have answered the door and let Jesus into our heart. It is my prayer that this post would reach out and take all of us in, and help us to realize the answer to that question. God is knocking at our door. Have you answered and let Him in?
The obvious answer to that question is that no, far too many of us have not answered the door, and have not let Jesus in. One look at the state of the world answers that question quite quickly. Unfortunately, though, the question is not so cut and dry with a lot of us. How many of us (I’m raising my hand here) have answered the door, invited Jesus in, but only let him as far as the foyer to our heart? How many have let Him in further, but then later on, have told Him that we need Him to come back at another, more convenient time? And how many of us have said that they have invited Him in, but in reality have not answered the door at all, or have only answered the door in our minds, but not in our hearts?
It saddens me that so many of us do not truly know Jesus, and do not have Him in our hearts. I think it saddens Jesus as well. In John 11:35, the shortest verse in the Bible, the words are simply “Jesus wept.” You may remember that John chapter 11 is when Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha, died, and Jesus reflected that his death would be for the glory of God. But read what Scripture tells us of that time:
28When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 29And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him. 30Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him. 31When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. 34And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35Jesus wept. 36So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?” 38Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” 40Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” 41So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” 44The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” ~ John 11:28-44 (ESV)
To me, Jesus was weeping for several reasons. He was weeping because He loved Lazarus, and Lazarus was dead. He was weeping because in her grief, it sounds to me like Mary was accusing Jesus of not saving her brother. Lastly, I think Jesus was weeping because of all of those people then and now that truly are lost, and did not have the faith to believe in what Jesus came to us to do — to save us from ourselves. I think Jesus was weeping for all of those that are lost and don’t want to be found.
The reason I mention the verses from John in conjunction with the Revelation passage is that to me, the story of Lazarus points out to us what often happens when something bad happens to us or those we love. When that happens, it seems like we withdrawal our invitation for Jesus to reside in our heart. It’s almost like we feel betrayed that something bad should happen to us when we have faith in Jesus. Remember, though, that Jesus told us directly that the world would hate us because it first hated Him. When we become a follower of Jesus, when we accept Him in our heart, at that moment, we are no longer of this world, this fallen world. Instead, our world is Heaven, our home is Heaven, and that is where we will live for eternity. That’s where our focus needs to be, and we need to remember, Jesus is knocking at the door to our heart. We need to make sure that we answer the door and let Him in. Now, please pray with us on our prayer requests.
Prayer Requests and Praises
- Ivon has a prayer request: A friend of mine and her family could use some prayers. Her Grandma needs to have emergency surgery tomorrow (3/31) because she has an infection around her pacemaker and heart. Please keep Grandma and Family in your prayers. Thank you so much!
- UPDATE: Grandma had her 1st surgery yesterday to remove the pacemaker and clean up the infection around her heart. They have her on medication and monitors over the weekend to clear up the infection and get her heart stronger till Monday to hopefully do the the next surgery of placing her new pacemaker. Will definitely keep you all updated. Thank you sooo much.
- Prayers for Stephanie who has been fighting a sinus infection for far too long. A little birdie told me. Feel better Stephanie!
- Barb has a prayer request: I’d like to ask for prayers for my husband who is suffering from DVT as a result of his chemo treatments. He’s in considerable pain, and other than the blood thinners, there is not much else they can do for him. It’s been 3 weeks.
- Hayden has a prayer request: I’d like to ask for prayers for wisdom, guidance and strength. Got a lot going on these next few weeks and need God’s grace and His strength to get through everything. Thanks guys!
- Jodi has prayer requests and updates on her brother Ken: My brother Ken is not doing well. The knee replacement itself seems ok, but he has had excessive fluid retention and leakage at the incision site. Yesterday they xrayed his lungs to see if he had pneumonia–negative, but trying to resolve fluid issue. And this evening, he was taken to ER and then admitted to hospital with some problem with his pic line. Waiting to hear more details. Please keep him in prayer! Thank you!
- Ken is still not doing well. Thankfully no infection, but he is having trouble breathing, and they are running more tests. I can’t help but think anxiety is playing a big part here, but also hoping he’s not having heart trouble (had heart attack 2 years ago).
- *revision* There IS infection in the lungs — 80%!!! He is moving to ICU & will be on ventilator and not allowed to speak (that’s gonna be very hard for him, lol). Infection is either caused by antibiotics or is type of pneumonia. They will sample infection once he’s moved to ICU. Please keep praying!!!
- Update 3/30: My brother Ken is making amazing progress! Tubes are out and he’s rapidly improving. Will stay in ICU until tomorrow probably. He is also able to eat today (had feeding tube since yesterday), and he actually has an appetite and more energy. Thank you for continued prayers!
- Leslie needs prayers for her baby Paisley: Paisley has bronchiolitis and RSV. Her cough has gotten worse as of tonight- so please send prayers and good vibes that this sickness subsides…SOON!
- Kimberly has a prayer request: When you love someone so much and they are going through something you can do nothing about all you can do is love them, pray for them and have faith for them. Unspoken prayer request please. God knows the need.
- Sheila needs prayers for a serious eye issue that came up yesterday.
- Sheila’s eye is healing, thank you everyone for your prayers for her.
- Vickie has a prayer request: Prayers for Betty Oliver. At the hospital.
- Update: Betty was taken to hospital last night to get checked out. Hopefully she can come back home today
- Mrs. Lucas has an update on the little girl we were praying for last week: Little Justice went home yesterday! I know your prayers for she and her family brought comfort! Please continue to pray for the family! Thank you all!
- More healing prayers, this one for Debbie: Everyone please say a prayer for me. I had tests done today on my leg. I have a very infected knee. I am heading to the ER.
- Update from Debbie: On my way home. Drained fluid from my knee was clear. Sending off just to be sure. Referral to bone and joint specialist. Whew! Not as bad as they thought. Thanks for all your prayers.
- Lastly, a praise from me to God: Praise to God for seeing me through my illness last week. Special praises to God for Cindy, Sophie, and River (our Golden) for their nursing expertise.
Now, please pray with us the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:
Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done
On Earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those that trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever. Amen.