Let me show you something ; I am interested in this verse
John 11:3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.Did you see it? Probably not for we read so fast we miss things. Here in chapter eleven in the book of John we read about two sisters and their brother Lazarus. Lazarus is sick even at the point of death and in verse three Martha and Mary send for Jesus to come to their home. I have some questions about what is said. Name is not important, looks immaterial, gender is of no concern, and title is irrelevant. So why is this person so important? They are important not because of who they are, but because of what they did. They went to Jesus on behalf of a friend. Their friend was sick and Jesus could help, and someone needed to go and someone went. They went because they were asked to go. We need someone to go, will you go? What they needed was someone who wasn’t too busy. Someone who knew how to find Jesus; someone who wouldn’t quit mid-stream; and someone who would make sure the message was delivered. Someone carried the request; someone walked the trail; and someone went to Jesus on the behalf of another. Because that someone went, Jesus responded. How important was that someone? Notice what this someone said to Jesus “whom thou lovest is sick“He didn’t say “The one who loves you is sick.” Prayer is not based on the one who makes the prayer, but on the one who hears the prayer. So when we pray it should be “Lord the one you love is tired, sad, hungry, lonely, fearful, or depressed. After someone made the request the next words we read are
John 11:4 When Jesus heard that,Excuse me I am about to have a running fit! Heard what? “Is sick“so when Jesus heard the request He stopped and gave that someone attention. That someone could have been you; that someone could have been me. How important is it that we pray one for another? James 5:16 Confess yourfaults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
That’s what you and I are to do Pray one for another; what a privilege. Had that someone not been willing to go we may have never read of the joy that followed in the hearts of Martha and Mary. And who was that someone? We will not know until we get to heaven and meet them but it really will not matter then because there will be so many other someone’s there. I wonder if we will be any of those someone’s.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;(not yours) and all these things shall be added unto you. The Lord just taught me how to pray for others
LORD “whom thou lovest is.”