February 28, 2020
Scripture Reading: John 17:9-19
“I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.”
- Jesus prays for you. This scripture passage is from a long prayer Jesus made on behalf of his disciples not long before he is arrested. All of us have fears: the fear of being alone, the fear of death, the fear of losing that which one loves. I’m sure you can think of your own. Fears can be helpful: they can keep us safe. Fear can also be hurtful. It can trap us in old patterns, unhealthy relationships, and from moving naturally to the next phase of life. The disciples are about to move into life without Jesus being present to them. Knowing this, Jesus asks God for their protection. What might it mean to you to know that Christ claims you as his own and prays on your behalf for your protection? Can you feel that protection in your life? Why or why not? How does knowing Christ prays for your protection free you to engage your faith today?
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