How to Pray a Bible Story, Part 2

Because he knew he was helpless, the sick man’s conversation with Jesus was simple. Here’s how to pray his story (John 5:1-15):

The story: Crowds of sick people lay, waiting to be healed. Jesus asked one man if he wanted to get well. The sick man said, “I can’t. I have no one to help me.”
Your prayer: “Lord, I can’t.”

The story: Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”
Your prayer: “Lord, help me do what you say.”

The story: Instantly the man was healed!
Your prayer: “Lord, I can’t. But you can.”

The story: Jesus found the man and said, “Stop sinning or something worse may happen.”
Your prayer: “Lord, keep me from deliberate sins. Don’t let them control me (from Psalm 19:13).”

The truth behind the prayer: 
The weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength (1 Corinthians 1:25).
God is able to do far more than we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).
Nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37).

“Jesus loves me!
This I know,
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong;
They are weak, but he is strong.”

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Little Faith, Big God

The disciples said to the Lord, “Show us how to increase our faith.”

The Lord answered, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and thrown into the sea’ and it would obey you.” (Luke 17:5-6).

The greatness of God matters more than the size of our faith.

He is able to answer any prayer.

Don’t Judge

I used to think the mother who asked if her sons could sit beside Jesus was self-centered and proud. I heard, recently, that her request was acceptable for her culture.

I noticed today that she kneeled down before Jesus as she asked (see Matthew 20:20). Kneeling show humility, doesn’t it?

I was reminded not to judge other people’s prayer requests.

Jesus Hears You

“Jesus!” He called. “Help me! Jesus, help me!”

Now, lots of people were making noise walking. Lots of people were making noise talking. BUT — JESUS HEARD BARTIMAEUS ANYWAY, and Jesus stood still. “What do you want me to do for you?” He asked kindly.

What did you learn?

Jesus hears when people talk to Him. He heard Bartimaeus. When you talk to Jesus, He hears you too.*

*Ella K. Lindvall, Read Aloud Bible Stories Vol.1, p. 49-53, 62.