On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” John 2:1–3
We can learn a lot about prayer from the mother of Jesus. Mary simply said to her son, “They have no wine.” That’s one of the best prayers in the Bible! Did you know that? That’s actually one of the very best prayers in the entire Bible! That’s what the late Norwegian Lutheran Ole Hallesby says in his book on prayer, whichI highly recommend. He says this-
In the next place, notice what she says to Jesus. Just these few, simple words, “They have no wine.” Note here what prayer is. To pray to Jesus is to tell Jesus what we lack. Intercession is to tell Jesus what we see that others lack… I think we can all see how different our prayer life would be if we would only learn this aspect of the holy art of prayer, with which the mother of Jesus was familiar.
To most of us prayer is burdensome because we have not learned that prayer consists in telling Jesus what we or others lack. We do not think that that is enough. Instinctively we feel that to pray cannot be so easy as all that. For that reason we rise from prayer many times with heavy hearts… All this is changed when we, like the mother of Jesus, learn to know Him so well that we feel safe when we have left our difficulties with Him. (Prayer, p. 44-46)
What’s troubling you today? Just tell Jesus. Tell Him what you lack. Tell Him what you need. What are you waiting for? Why not try it right now? Go ahead:
“Jesus, I lack . Please help.”
See? Prayer is not as difficult as we may think. Just tell Jesus what you need. Cast your burdens on Him and then feel the safety of having left your difficulties with Him.
Praying that you learn to know Him this well,