The message Sunday ended with a question, two actually. If you were praying your last prayer, who would you pray for and for what? Who came to mind? Why do you think that is?
Let’s look again at who Jesus prayed for during His last prayer before the betrayal and arrest.
He prayed for Himself – for His disciples and for all future believers. His desire to pray for Himself is to be glorified as the Father is so that the Son may glorify the Father. Then ALL the rest of those He prayed for are people He loves and cares for, deeply.
You are a part of that! Need I remind you that in John 17:23-24 Jesus prays that you know that God loves you just like He loves the Son – and Jesus prays to have you in heaven one day.
We think about praying for those people whom we love, whom we are worried about, if it is our last prayer because they hold a special place in our hearts. They mean something in our lives. You mean something to Jesus. You have a special place in His heart and when He was ready to surrender His life over to the world – He thought of you and His desire for you to know that you are loved and wanted in Heaven.
It is that love that God gives us that we are called to use, to love one another and bring unity to the Church body – which in turn creates curiosity and wonder in others to ask us why you are the way you are. We are then to point them all to Christ – Christ then points them to God.
NewLife, if any of you struggle with this idea that Jesus’ desires for us to know that we are loved by God as God loves Jesus and that we are wanted in Heaven – keep reading John 17 over and over again. Mediate on the words of Jesus.
Jesus wants you to know how profoundly you are loved and wanted. You are no mistake – you are part of Jesus’ plan and team. He doesn’t pray us all out of the world – He prays for protection over the evil one.
Praying for you all,