When was the last time you listened in as your child prayed?
It’s amazing the things they say when their talking to their Papa in heaven, isn’t it?
The apostle John found it just as amazing to listen in on the prayer Jesus prayed for all believers when he was with us on the earth. Not only did John listen, he wrote it down so that we could experience the same sense of wonder. To get the full impact of what Jesus asked the Father to do for his apostles and the believers beyond that small group, check out John’s gospel today, Chapter 17. I think you’ll be amazed at what you find there, especially when you realize that this prayer is all about YOU–that faithful one who continues to follow Jesus no matter what the world is doing.
One of the greatest gifts we’ve been given by Jesus is inclusion.
Inclusion in the family of God means we will be and are always victorious, no matter what experience might tell us, no matter how we feel today, and no matter what we see when we make comparisons between us and others.
Inclusion means that we are always covered, just like the Hebrews were covered in the desert; we share their protection, provision, and proximity to God today.
Inclusion means that we are able to draw strength from each other, as we confess our burdens to each other and to our Holy Savior.
Inclusion means we are no longer on the outside looking in, so long as we seek to serve Christ with our whole heart, mind, strength, and soul. We are included in the blessings–just as He prayed we might be–and we never have to “go it alone” again. Never!
Today, thank God that you don’t walk alone.
Praise Him for being very near, especially in the tough times.
Share him with others who likewise struggle with sins, habits, addictions, manipulations, misunderstandings and pain.
Be mindful that the victory will be yours, and that this present struggle is temporary, always temporary. There is a day coming when the Son of God will shine and rise and declare the pain over! Done! Finished! Demolished!!!
Praise God for all His blessings, and remember, Prayer Changes Things!!