1. Our Petitions – John 2:1-12

What the Lord wants to tell us with regard to….
Our Petitions

John  2: 1 – 12

 

The main reason why we approach God in prayer is to ask and plead. Isn’t that your experience? Requests constitute the main ingredient in our prayers. In this study we will attempt to learn some valuable principles from the person who knew the Lord the best. The one who, for thirty years lived under the same roof; his mother Mary

v.  1 – 2 What was the occasion that is recorded in this passage?  Where did the event take place?  (This city was about 16 kilometres from Nazareth, the town where the Lord had grown up.)  Who were the guests?

v. 3 What was the crisis that came up?  What implications did this have for the organizers of the party?  Who noticed what happened?  (Some hold that this detail proves that the bride and groom were very close friends of Jesus’ family.) What feelings might these circumstances have provoked in Mary?  Who did she go to first? 

Notice the brevity of Mary’s message to Jesus.  Returning to the theme of prayers to God, what do we learn from Mary’s action?  What was the first thing she did when faced with the crisis?  Why did she do it? Pay attention to her strategy. Did she give Jesus orders or suggestions about what he should do? Why not?  Do our prayers reflect Mary’s approach to inform her son about what was concerning her?

v. 4 How did Jesus respond to her?  What tone do these words have?  What does he mean when he says, “My hour has not yet come.”?  Who was the ultimate authority that determined his steps?  (The Word “hour” appears some fifteen times in the Gospel of John. This denotes how profoundly the Son understood the importance of moving in submission to the designs of the Father.)

v. 5 How did Mary react to the slightly disobedient response of her son? What would we have done in similar circumstances? What does this attitude show? In what way does Mary express her faith in Jesus?  What do we learn from Mary’s behaviour regarding the worries that we take to the Lord in prayer?

v. 6 – 11 How did he solve the problem? What did Jesus do?  How did he proceed?  Through this extraordinary first miracle, did he make a spectacle to call attention to himself in front of his companions at the start of his public ministry?  What do we learn about the way the Lord responds to our prayers after observing how He worked at the wedding in Canaan?

What aspect of Mary’s behaviour reflects a very close knowledge of her son?  How do our ways of presenting our petitions to Jesus differ from Mary’s?   What step of faith are you willing to take to carry your worries to the Lord as a result of what you learned today?

Now, to add to this, we observe Mary’s calm response to her son’s abrupt answer. Unlike us she did not explode, exhort, complain or nag him. What can we learn from this virtuous woman, chosen by God to give initial guidance to His son on this earthly journey?

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