Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Certain responses we make to varying situations have become so overused that they have lost their significance.
“How are you?” “Fine.” But are you?
“How’s your food?” “Very good.” But is it?
“I’m really troubled and hurting?” “I will pray for you.” But will you?
Our responses to questions have become trite. They are meaningless. We should call them lies, but we justify them as polite.
In the previous five chapters of the Gospel of John, Jesus informed His disciples that they were going to experience pain and hardship as His followers. He knew they were confused. He knows they would soon be hurting. So what does He do? He prays for them.
John 17:1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father…”
In the face of impending personal suffering, Jesus prays for His disciples to be unified, strong, courageous, faithful, and united. He prays the same for all of us. When it seemed to the disciples like all was lost, Jesus gave them the greatest gift He could have given – the Father’s heart.
When you are faced with hardships and hurts, do what Jesus did – PRAY.
When your friends and family are suffering, do what Jesus did – PRAY FOR THEM.
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2
“To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens! 2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, till he has mercy upon us.” Psalm 123:1-2
Don’t let your promise to pray become meaningless.
I never thought about that link you made with Jesus’ prayer for his disciples, when he himself was about to suffer terribly and he knew it. He is an amazing example of love. Thank you.