A Mother’s Favor
Bible Text: John 2:1-5Series: Holiday Services, Special Services | Happy Mother’s Day! Today, we celebrate the calling of a mother. Did you know that mother’s had a special favor with Jesus? Let’s look at three instances to see how the Lord would encourage moms today. The first has to do with Jesus’ own mother.
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” /// John 2:1-5 (NKJV)
Notice that when Mary asks Jesus to help, He tells her, “Woman, does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” Pretty straight forward. Jesus’ time for intervention in the affairs of humanity is still a few days away. Yet, Jesus is moved by the concern of His mother. In this instance, timing is changed by the intercession of a mother.
From there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And He entered a house and wanted no one to know it, but He could not be hidden. For a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Him, and she came and fell at His feet. The woman was a Greek, a Syro-Phoenician by birth, and she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. But Jesus said to her, “Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs.” Then He said to her, “For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.” And when she had come to her house, she found the demon gone out, and her daughter lying on the bed. /// Mark 7:24-30 (NKJV)
In this instance, Jesus doesn’t do anything at first because of dispensation. In other words, it was not yet time to release the power of God to the Gentiles because the children of Israel had not yet rejected Jesus. Yet, moved by the faith of a mother, dispensation was altered by intercession. Jesus responded in amazing ways to the intercession of a mother. He would bend time and dispensation to respond to love and faith.
A mother receives seed in toward producing a harvest. Jesus loves fruit and harvest so He has a special place in His heart for the prayers of those who produce fruit and harvest. He will change forecasts to see the fruit come forth at harvest time! A good mother has a heart for what she produces. In Matthew 20:20-23, we see the prayer of Salome for her seed:
Salome is the mother of two disciples who were part of Jesus’ inner circle: James and John. She too is a believer and apparently at times travels with Jesus’ band. Like any good mother, she wants what is best for her sons. So, on their behalf, she approaches Jesus and asks for a special place for James and John when Jesus establishes his kingdom. Of course, she did not understand what she was asking. In fact, she didn’t understand many things. Still, I admire her faithfulness to her sons. Sometimes we don’t understand what God is doing and so we, too, ask for the wrong things. That’s one reason we should offer all our prayers with this caveat —“if it be Your will.” You see, praying that prayer sincerely or the even simpler version — “Thy will be done” (Simpler because then we don’t have to spend time telling God what to do.)— requires two things. First we have to believe that God really does love our children and want what is best for them. And second, we have to believe that God knows what is best. If we believe those two things then seeking God’s will in the lives of our children is quite easy. (Pastor Jan Brittain: https://wcbible365.wordpress.com/2014/08/05/mothers-of-the-bible-salome-mother-of-james-and-john/)
God has a heart for what you have a heart for. Intercede with passion. Trust Him to move out of love for your fruit and your harvest.
John 2:1-5 (NKJV)
Mark 7:24-30 (NKJV)
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