Read: John 2:1-11

A formal dinner served on paper plates and folding table would be a disgrace to the host. John 2 records the wedding incident where the host faced a disgraceful lack of provisions: there was no more wine. However, Jesus was present there. And as His mother Mary knew, He was all who was needed to find a solution.

Mary had trust in Jesus that He will do what was best. In fact, she said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it” (John 2:5). It was Jesus’ instruction that mattered and not her suggestions. Ole Hallesby comments on this attitude of Mary: “The mother of Jesus reveals herself as a tried and true woman of prayer. She goes to the right place with the need she has become acquainted with. She goes to Jesus and tells Him everything. Let us notice that she did nothing more. She knew that she did not have to help Him by suggesting what He should do. She knew also that she did not have to influence Him or persuade Him to give these friends a helping hand. No one is so willing to help as He is! Jesus’ mother had learned a secret of successful prayer: We should not interfere in our prayers but should leave the when and the how concerning the fulfilment of those prayers entirely to God. Most of us have a great deal to learn in this connection.”

The door of prayer is always open. Come confidently to “ask …seek …knock” (Matt. 7:7), expecting an answer in return. But in your prayer, be careful that you do not tell God how to answer, and how soon. Leave it to Him. Mary brought the need to Jesus, and Jesus did the answering in His way, which caused wonder and faith. Let your prayers be rejuvenated with the knowledge that God gives the very best to those who leave the choice with Him.

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