John 11: 41-42 ” So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, ‘Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. I knew that You always hear Me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that You sent Me.’ “

Jesus had traveled to Bethany after hearing of His friend, Lazarus, death.  As He stood before the grave entrance, He prayed out-loud…not to profit Himself, but all the mourners looking on.  For Jesus knew His Father, and His Father knew Him, so His spoken words benefited the crowd only.  But why?  So that they might know that God hears and answers prayer.  You may think God’s work in your life is for you only…but you’d be so wrong!  Anytime we’re faced with hardship, loss, sickness, or tragedy…people are watching us.  Both unbelievers and Believers are observing how we’ll react.  Do we gripe, are quick to complain, and become easily offended…or do we clothe ourselves with the same grace and mercy our Heavenly Father has shown us?  That’s because they’re watching closely to see where we place our hope and trust…in ourselves and the world, or in Jesus Christ.  So think about this today… by your actions and reactions you can bring someone closer to Christ or push them away.

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