Forty Days of Prayer March 26
We are now in Holy week which is known as the week from Palm Sunday until Easter. This week we will focus our prayers on things that Jesus said and happened this week. The longest of Jesus’ prayers recorded in scripture was the one in all of John chapter 17. We looked at a few verses of this prayer a few wks ago and today I would like to ponder a few more from this prayer made by Jesus on Thursday of this week.
My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. (John 17:15-18)
As Jesus knows He is about to leave this world He prays for us and the disciples as we are all left here. He does not pray that we are also taken to heaven but that we are left here for a purpose. This part of the prayer reminds me of the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5: 13-16, where Jesus tells us we are to be light for the world, or salt. Both of these things are meant to improve life for others. Light helps us to see what we are doing and where we are going. Salt brings flavor to food as well as being the primary preservative in days without refrigeration. Jesus prays that we stay here for a purpose, to carry out his mission in the world. Too often we ask ourselves what are we doing when we should be about the work Jesus left us to carry out.
Another thing Jesus wants to remind us here is that we are not of this world. You may have head the expression heaven is my home. I was born in a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan named L’Anse. My parents left there when I was 4. I have a few memories from there, but it is not really home in my mind. In the scope of eternity the same can be said of our time here. 10,000 years from now I may ask you what do you remember of the year 2013? It will then be distant memories, and I can imagine your greatest worries will seem rather small in comparison with the incredible things that have happened. Heaven is your home and you will realize that when God brings you there. But for now Jesus leaves us here and asks us to pray for His Kingdom to come into this world as it is in heaven.
In Christ’s Service, Pastor Dave
Lord Jesus, You came into this world with a purpose in Your mind and heart. We see that this week where you gave Your life for each and every one of us. Help us to see our purpose, and remind us that we are here representing You to a world in great need. Amen.