Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” John 11:1-3
Mary and Martha both had faith in Jesus that he would come heal their brother. They had no idea how that would actually turn out. In fact, as we shall see later, their idea of how He should heal was vastly different than His. They wanted the healing now, not after the fact. Lazarus would actually have to die before Jesus would raise him back to life. If they were to still believe in Him, it would certainly take a different measure of faith.
They were also relying on their friendship with Him to gain access Him because by now there were throngs around Jesus. It’s what any decent relative would do: use any available means to take care of your loved one.
In a slightly different way we need to come to Christ on behalf of our loved ones. They desperately need Him, but often don’t know it.
Choose one of your relatives today and pray to Jesus with that end in mind. Like Mary and Martha did, rely on your friendship with the Master to plead your case.