Today’s Truth

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

James 5:16

We hope you are enjoying the Girlfriends in God daily devotions. We (Mary, Sharon, and Gwen) would like to introduce you to some of our special friends. From time-to-time, the Friday devotions will be written by one of our friends in ministry. We call them our “Friday Friends.” So grab your Bible and a fresh cup of coffee and drink in the words from our “Friday Friend,” Jennifer Kennedy Dean.


Friend to Friend

Prayer is neither complicated nor difficult. It is so simple that any child of God can lay hold of all God’s power and provision through His designated strategy we call prayer.

Decades ago God began to redefine prayer for me. I came to understand it as a continual interaction between the spiritual realm and the material realm. An unceasing flow from His heart to mine. I quit thinking about how to say prayers, and began to live a praying life.

The Holy Spirit can make direct deposits from His heart to mine and awaken His desires that define the content of my praying. In these years of learning how to live a praying life, I have come to realize that if God designed prayer to work, not to fail, then He surely designed it to be accessible and simple.

I think we see this pictured clearly in a story John records. He tells the story of a wedding at which Jesus was a guest, and His mother seemed to be in charge behind the scenes.

When the wine ran out, apparently the servants turned to Mary with their problem. I’m imagining the scene when a servant came running to Mary, concern apparent in his demeanor and his inflections. “Mary! They have no wine!” He puts the whole burden on her. Their wine-less state has now become her responsibility. She has to come through.

I think she says something like, “Don’t worry. I’ve got it covered.”

She turns to Jesus and says, “Jesus, they have no wine.” (See John 2:3)

He makes a response to her that our 21st century, perhaps Gentile, ears hear as a rebuke. But let’s hear it again: “Woman!” He says. A word of endearment. The same word He used from the cross to say, “Woman, behold your son.” Addressing her gently. Then He uses a Hebrew idiom that His contemporaries would have heard as, “[What do we have in common? Leave it to Me.]” John 2:4 (AMP). Finally, He said that His time had not yet come.

Did He violate His sense of timing to please or appease His mother? No. He was warning her that the time to reveal His actions publicly had not come. She had to let someone else get all the credit for what her son had done. The master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

Notice that the response did not deter Mary. She didn’t slink away as if scolded. She turned to the servants and said, “Do whatever He tells you” (John 2:5). She knew Jesus, so she knew there would be action. She didn’t know what that action would look like, but she had learned that Jesus would know what to do. She didn’t know what He would do, but she knew that He would do.

Do you see how simple her request was? She knew that when she took the burden that sat on her shoulders and handed it over to Jesus, He would know what to do and how to do it. She knew that the secret to powerful praying is to take God the need, not the answer.

Sometimes the most powerful prayer sounds something like this: Jesus, they have no wine.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, I realize that I often think my prayer needs to tell You the answer and instruct You in how to accomplish it. I embrace the release of knowing that when I bring You the need, You have the answer. I confess that I am empty unless You fill me. I am weak unless You strengthen me. I am helpless unless You come to my rescue. I have no wine.

In Jesus’ name,


Now It’s Your Turn

Are there times when you feel responsible for coming up with the answer for God?

What is burdening your heart right now?

Share your “they have no wine” prayer.

More from the Girlfriends

Today’s devotion is by our GiG Friday Friend, Jennifer Kennedy Dean. A few years ago she had the privilege of releasing Live a Praying Life in an anniversary edition. She added what she had learned about the concepts since losing her husband to brain cancer in 2005. She learned that when the rubber meets the road, truth holds. The truths she’s been teaching all these years are road-tested and proven.

17 Responses to “Take Your Need To God”

  1. Debbie says:

    Dear Lord, I know that I have been guilty when it comes to telling you how to fix my life. I also know that I have learned to ask you to go in front and to trust that You can handle all this life can throw at me. Sometimes, I catch myself slipping back into my “stink in’ thinking”, but I feel a calmness and assurance when I rest in you. Today, Lord, there are many on my prayer list and I can pray in confidence that you know best how to heal them, uplift them, and hold their hands, no matter what the need. Lord, they have no wine.

  2. Paige says:

    Thank you for this devotional. It speaks to me right where I am today. Jesus…I don’t have enough money to cover my expenses. But, I do have enough faith to trust in YOU. Amen!

  3. Erica says:

    Dear Lord,

    I have no husband. He abandoned us for his own filthy desires. Show me the path I need to follow.

  4. Joy says:

    Lord, we need foundation repairs on our home. I will trust you to to provide. I confess I have not trusted you with this need and ask your forgiveness. My heart is so full because of your love for me and how you have cared me and blessed me. Help me to listen for your voice and follow the path you have for me and our family.

  5. Marsha says:

    Wonderful encouragement. I often remind the ladies whose lives I’m in exactly what you have said today. I heard somewhere say God is not in heaven grading your prayers, like Harry that won’t gets a “A” but that one is a “C”. (Smile) Its good that the light, the truth, is being given so we can truly live a life of victory. thank you for sharing this devotion today

  6. Theresa says:

    I don’t know what it will take to bring my husband to humble himself before you and be released from his anger but I have no more wine. I am empty and I feel hopeless. I have been trying for 32 years to be a godly wife. Fight for me Lord, fight for our marriage.

  7. Theresa says:

    Dear Lord, I feel so lost and weak at times but I know you are my guide and my strength. I find myself praying for what I want when I know you will fulfill all my needs. I find myself growing weary from illness but I know you are my healer. Lord, I have no wine.

    • Cari says:

      Oh, hon, if I could give you a hug for encouragement I would! A scripture that came to mind while I was reading your prayer was Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

      Much love to ya! (((HUGS)))

  8. Jae says:

    Dear Jesus,
    I have no husband or father for my children. I’m lonely, sad, and desperately want a Godly man in my life. Help me to trust you and have real faith.


  9. Dori says:

    Dear Father God,

    Forgive me for coming to you with answers I want in the form of prayers. Dear Lord hear the cry of my heart as I am overwhelmed with preparing on short notice for my father to come live with me. There is much to do and little time to accomplish. I give this to you – Lord, I have no wine. Amen

  10. Jenny says:

    My heavenly Father,
    I need deliverance Lord of this anxiety and worry over things that I can’t do anything about. I give all my burdens to you Lord, I know you can handle them all. I need to rest in your peace Lord Let the Holy Spirit minister to me and bless me oh Lord with peaceful and restful days in you In Jesus name I pray Amen

  11. Dawn says:

    Dear FATHER,
    I come to this morning asking for your forgiveness. For my family is suffering very badly due to my financial difficulties that I am trying to fix. Please forgive me for my selfish reasons to find quick ways to get money without your approval and guidance for I am in need of everything to survive not just for me but my family as well. A new job, going back to school, all debts owed paid for and restoration of all that was stolen from my family and me. Please create in me a clean and pure spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ. FATHER for we have no new wine.
    In Jesus loving name, AMEN

  12. cat says:

    Dear Father,

    I made a mistake. I didn’t think first before saying something i assumed was known and caused my son , his wife and his daughter to hurt and to shun me. i am innocent of malevolence but their hearts are hardened against me. I have been looking for ways to make it right but they won’t give me any time with them or my grandchildren. Please God, turn this around for your glory. restore my relationship with my son and his family. my heart has been broken because of the hurt i caused. Please soften their hearts to your voice. in Jesus name Amen

  13. Jessica says:

    I definitely needed The Bible verses, Bible stories, and the devotion I read today. It amazes me how God always reaches me where I am at in my life. He always know what I need. His Love is amazing. He is the true and only God, and I get to call him my Father. How great is that?

    All too often I find myself trapped in the words of prayer. I feel this need that prayers must be said a certain way, with certain words, or the meaning is lost, or rather the significance is lost. How vain of me to think this way. My words are not the power of the prayer. God is! I needed this reminder today.

  14. Candy says:

    Lord my God I have sinned against you in so many ways. My thoughts are sometimes not in line with yours. Im truly sorry, please forgive me.I feel empty at times and too consumed with the things of this world. I feel like there is no love in my marriage. The numbers, the testimonies And the volunteers attitudes at the church seems not to be improving. Like Mary I’m laying my burdens, my fears, my disorganization, my marriage , my relationship with you at your feet. I feel like I have failed my husband. My health seems to not to be in the best condition. I have no wine.

  15. Ezy says:

    Lord, I have been lonely, I need a Godly man in my life. Have prayed, fasted for over 7years for this, it is not by my prayer or fasting but by your spirit. I rely on your word that says that you are faithful to bring to pass what you have promised. Show me anywhere that am falling short of your glory and fill me up with your power and glory. I Love you my awesome king.

  16. Donna says:

    Dear Lord,
    I have no wine. Satan is wreaking havoc in my marriage. My husband’s alcohol addiction has reached an all-time high this summer. I am really trying hard but I find myself filled with so much anger and depressed most days. I have lived this life for over 30 years Lord and I’m tired. Take away the anger and depression and fill my heart with compassion, joy and love. These things I ask in Jesus name……….amen

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