Today's Lectionary Text
John 1:35-38The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”
They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
Ever wonder what it would be like to have a conversation face to face with Jesus? Would you start out asking him things about himself? Something like, “Jesus, that whole walking on water thing, could you do that anytime you wanted, or was that one time really special?” Or would you go directly to something about yourself, “what should I be doing with my life?”
What do you suspect he would ask you? “Amy, can we talk about how much money you spend at Starbucks?”
“No, Jesus. No, we cannot talk about that. Next question.”
I suspect Jesus would bypass the small talk and get down to business, asking things that get to the very core of who we are and focus in on where we struggle. This is what we see Jesus doing in the Bible, asking questions that get to the heart of the matter, the heart of the person. Jesus asks a lot of questions in the Bible, by one count Jesus asks 307 questions!
I have found it meaningful to use Jesus questions as we pray. To do this we read a scripture and then in prayer imagine God asking us the question we hear Jesus asking. We imagine God asking us, “Why are you frightened?” (Mark 4:40) or “How much bread do you have?” (Mark 8:5) or “What were you arguing about during the journey?” (Mark 9:33) or “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51). Imagine God asking you a question and then answer God! Have a conversation with God in prayer based on the question Jesus asks and see where it takes you. I trust that God will give spiritual insight and blessing if we take time to pray with the scripture in this way.
--Rev. Amy Lippoldt
Prayer for Reflection
Lord, help us to ask you the questions of our heart and listen deeply for your wisdom in reply.
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