A Prayer for Dishing Out Truth
By Liz Curtis Higgs
‘Yes, Lord,’ she replied, ‘I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.’” John 11:27 (NIV)
Over the centuries, Martha has gotten a bum rap for wanting her sister, Mary of Bethany, to stop sitting at the feet of Jesus and start serving the meal. “Tell her to help me!” (Luke 10:40, NIV) Martha demanded of their guest of honor.
Jesus was gentle with Martha, but firm. “You are worried and upset about many things” (Luke 10:41, NIV), the Lord told her, discerning the real problem — Martha thought her efforts were of greater significance than Mary’s. Those of us who are talkers and doers often discount others who are listeners and thinkers. The good news is, Martha learned from Mary’s example, and most of all, from their Master Teacher.
The next time Jesus came to Bethany — summoned by both sisters on behalf of their dying brother, Lazarus — Martha leaped to her feet and ran out to greet Him. “‘Lord,’ Martha said to Jesus, ‘if you had been here, my brother would not have died’” (John 11:21, NIV).
Jesus pushed her faith to the next level in telling her “I am the resurrection and the life.” (John 11:25b, NIV) Then He made a mind-boggling, eternity-spanning promise that “whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” (John 11:26a, NIV) Finally, He asked Martha the Big Question, the one we all must answer: “Do you believe this?” (John 11:26b, NIV)
This means all of it: Who He is, and why He came and what that means for us.
Martha’s response was swift and sure, a courageous expression of faith and our key verse today: “‘Yes, Lord,’ she replied, ‘I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world’” (John 11:27).
Go, Martha! When Jesus said, “I am,” she affirmed, “You are.” Her “I believe” confession is remarkable because she stated His title, His divine nature and His calling. Neither Peter nor John made this bold proclamation that day in Bethany. But a woman did. God’s woman.
Martha’s faith was now as solid and unshakable as her sister Mary’s. She who served the food also dished out the truth: “It is for Your coming that the world has waited” (John 11:27, AMPC).
What Martha did is something you and I can do as well: Profess our faith. Proclaim His truth. Promote His kingdom. Jesus expects and deserves nothing less than our total commitment. We don’t all need to be dazzling hostesses or confident cooks, just women who throw open the doors of our hearts and make Him welcome.
Lord, teach us how to be as faith-filled as Martha, and trust Your promises, no matter how impossible they seem. Remind us that with You all things are possible, including Your resurrection and ours. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Editor’s Note: Content taken from the Encouragement for Today devotional, “A Woman Who Dishes Out the Truth,” written by Liz Curtis Higgs. You can read that piece in full here. All rights reserved.
Prayer for Walking in Truth
Yeshua, Mighty King, Precious Lamb, Defender, I worship you. Thank you, oh Lord, for strength to overcome trials and temptations. Thank you for helping me find peace within my mind, body and soul.
Help me, oh Father, to walk in truth daily, as I strive to deliver your word to your people, and protect me from false preachings. Help me to not fall prey to the subtleties of Lucifer. He is the king of lies and abides not in the truth.
2 John 1:4-6 I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father. And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another. This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.
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Help us to recognize Your voice
Help me to recognize your voice over his. Assist me, as I listen to You, to understand your teachings and exactly what you want me to do.
Guide me as I decipher what are truths, based on the Bible, and which are lies, for I want to know your word, for it is my daily bread.
Grant me wisdom to refuse the teachings of wolves in sheep clothing, and help me in living a righteous life, Adonai, for those who worship you must worship in spirit and in truth.
2 John 1:7-8 For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.
Lord, there are many deceivers who have inhabited your land who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in flesh. They deny that the blood of the lamb cleanses us from sin.
Jesus means Savior and Christ means Anointed one. To deny this is to deny the kingdom. For those that deny him will not see the face of our Heavenly Father.
1 John 4:1 – Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
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Living in Truth
Anointed One, help me to live in truth, to speak it, to know it and to experience it. Help me to be honest especially when it is difficult to execute it.
Help me to realize the truth will always set me free while a lie will always continue to grow. Give me faith, wisdom and knowledge to execute the truth through every situation I face. In Jesus mighty name I pray, Amen!
Jeremiah 33:3 – ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’
I’m a young Christian, from South Trinidad, seeking the wisdom of the Word and God’s blessings on my life. A journey, that’s just begun, but living to the Glory of God.