THE HOLY BIBLE – John 17:13-17 – New Living Translation (NLT): 13 “Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy. 14 I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do. 17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.
THOUGHTS: I believe that any reader will agree that our hearts are overwhelmed and humbled when we hear a parent praying for our wellbeing and success. In fact, we probably feel the same when any believer takes the time, and seems to be concerned enough about us to pray for us, or with us. Now, consider that our Savior is praying for us here in this passage of scripture! Can you even imagine how special that is? I want you to read the whole chapter for the full prayer, but look closely at this portion of Jesus’ prayer:
He is acknowledging to the Father that He has shared a lot with us so that we might be filled with His joy. These shared blessings are still available for us to meditate on as we read His Word today!
By speaking to His Father about the tough times we will face as His followers, He is comforting us in the fact that this is expected, because it happened to Him, therefore Jesus prayed for mercy for us as we face persecution;
He asked for our protection from the evil one, because He knew that we would be a target for our enemy, Satan;
He is reminding us through His prayer that although we physically reside in this world, we no longer belong to it, but we are merely ambassadors for Christ while we remain;
Jesus wanted us to know that He is concerned that we remain holy, just as He is holy. And the way to do this is through our ‘input’ in life – through the constant truth of God’s Word. Friends, if we feed our ‘input’ with God’s Word, we will express that in all that we do and say, as it will saturate our lives and our minds.
So this prayer is very much for our benefit, and it is very obvious of the love our Savior has for us, because it is very evident of the concern He has for our Christian walk and representation of Himself. Our Lord loves us friends, and He wants His very best for His children. Be encourage with that today! If you are reading this and realize that Jesus could not have included you in this prayer, because you are not His child. May I remind you that there is still time for you to change that? Check out my ‘Footnote’ for tips on how to accomplish this. You will find my contact information, and I would love to pray with you or counsel with you on any spiritual matter friend.
PRAYER: What an awesome picture, Lord God! To know that our Savior has prayed, and is praying for us. Wow, what a Savior! It seems impossible that You would think of mere man and love us enough to be concerned about our spiritual wellbeing! This is yet another reason for us to look at Your unconditional love for Your children! Praise be to God! Lord, please touch Your children again today and fill us with the boldness, wisdom and strength that we need to be a better witness for You today. May it be evident from our words and our actions that we have been transformed into Your likeness, so that lives that we touch today might be impacted for You. I so appreciate Your love, concern and prayers for me. Please bless my readers in amazing ways today and strengthen us all for the mission we will face today. I ask all this in the precious name of Jesus, my Lord and Savior, AMEN!
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