Therefore, the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom you love is sick.” John 11:3
Alexander the Great once gave a poor man a city, and when he modestly refused it as too great for him. Alexander replied, “The business is not what thou art fit to receive but what it becometh me to give.”
Receiving in prayer is not about us but about Him. When we come to God, we are conscious that we are unworthy to receive; the devil would do his best to make sure we don’t forget. After all, we’ve not been good enough, our lifestyle doesn’t show that we love enough … But we can borrow a leaf from the sisters of Lazarus, we can say to Him, “the one you love is sick…” Not the one who loves you…, or the one who always gets it right, but the one you love. Its not about us, it’s about Him. It’s not about whom we are but who He is. It’s not about what we think we deserve but what it becometh Him to give.
William Barclay said, “ in praying for those we love we must remember: (1) the love of God that wants the best for them; (2) the wisdom of God that knows what is best for them; and (3) the power of God that can accomplish it.
So open your mouth wide.