Just before Jesus was arrested He prayed a special prayer, just for His disciples. His prayer really emphasized two major points that we should give heed. He prayed to His Father and asked Him to protect His disciples from the evil one. He asked His Father to reveal the truth to the men, because the truth would keep them separate from the evil. The second thing He prayed for was that all His followers would become one, that there be no division among His people.
John 17:20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word.
If you’re in Christ be assured Jesus prayed specifically for you, before you ever met Him. The manner in which Jesus constructed His prayer made it perpetual, it has never expired. There are scores of people who currently have no time for God, but the minute they accept Jesus, His prayer covers them. So what is God all about? He is endeavoring to protect us from the devil and make us all one. God cannot protect folks who don’t want to be protected, He can’t unify people who don’t want to be unified.
Hebrews 7:25 Jesus is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever lives to make intercession for them.
Jesus stands before His Father always making intercession for those who don’t know Him. If it weren’t for Jesus perhaps these people would have been judged long ago. I believe Jesus interceded for those of His disciples who will not listen to Him. The Bible refers to such people as hearers of the Word but not doers. He prays for them because they have built their spiritual home on sand and not on His Word. When people face hardships they seem to always find someone to blame or offer a valid excuse. They never consider themselves to be the problem.
Deut. 30:19 I call Heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your children may live.
What most Christians don’t understand is we must make a choice before God gets involved. They lounge around waiting on God, while He’s waiting for them. What should we choose? Everything He prayed we could have! Jesus prayed the Father would protect, us. He can’t protect us if we won’t listen to Him. He prayed we would all become one, but we put our doctrinal differences between us. If we don’t believe the same thing then someone is in error and it’s not the folks who believe the word.
Jesus never said we would come in the unity of the doctrine, He said we would come into the unity of the faith. Because of the Lord’s prayer, we have the power to accomplish His will. It is vitally important that we take the Word of God praying, because those prayers are the only ones that God will anoint. God gave us the way and the truth, why do we think we have a better way? We don’t! What we have is religion, man’s interpretation of how God should do things. Let’s forsake our ways and embrace the Lord’s prayer.
Jesus Redeemed me from the curse, no poverty, no lack in my house.
Wealth and riches in my home, the devil is rebuked for my sake.
Father daily loads me with benefits, He takes pleasure in my increase.
I love being redeemed,
and I give my Lord all the glory.
We are about to embark on the greatest adventure and outpouring of God’s Spirit! This month the Holy Spirit is asking us to examine ourselves/take inventory so as God’s Vessels we can take our part and place in the Body of Christ!
Scriptures to meditate on:
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily besets us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
Psalm 26:4 Lord you can scrutinize me. Refine my heart and probe my every thought. Put me to the test and you will find it is true.
2 Cor 10:6 It is written, and having a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
1 Peter 4:17 For judgement begins at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
Psalm 139: 23, 24 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me of unbelief and lead me in the way everlasting.
2 Timothy 2:4 No soldier when in service gets entangled in the enterprises of (civilian) life: his aim is to satisfy and please the one who enlisted him (God)! DO ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!