Thursday, May 28, 2009

John, chapter 17

The power of prayer continues to amaze me. I have recently tried to improve my prayer life through a 40 day course I am taking, and it is helping. I was simply tired of my prayer life being so unfocused. I needed more guidance and structure so it would have more meaning.

I should have read John 17, however, because it is amazing to watch Jesus prayer just before His Crucifixion. First, we see Him pray for Himself. I cannot imagine the anguish He was feeling in that moment. Here we have someone who is fully God, yet He is asking for help in something. That kind of blows my mind, honestly. I can’t imagine Him needing help for anything.

Next, Jesus prays both for His disciples and for all believers. He makes it a special point not to pray for the world. I think it is because He knew the world as a whole was sinful and lost. It is individual believers, like You and me, that needs this prayer to navigate through a lost world such as this. I leave you with His words today.

9I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one. 12While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled. – John 17:9-12