Dear Church Family,
First, a couple of reminders. Sunday morning will begin with our breakfast at 9:00 AM – then Sunday School at 9:45 AM and Morning Worship at 11:00 AM. I will be participating in a commissioning service for a pastor friend and his wife in Nashville, TN this coming Sunday. This will be a special time of commitment for them as they are beginning to lead an international fellowship there in Nashville. David Gusewelle will be preaching for me, and Rudy Schultz will be leading the singing. Pray for these men!
Second, let’s continue on the whole topic of “Jesus’ Call to Us As Disciples.” John 17 is an interesting chapter within the Gospels. The whole chapter is a long prayer expressed by Jesus near the end of the Last Supper with His disciples. Jesus began by praying for Himself, asking that the Father would glorify Him even as He sought to glorify the Father by doing the work He had been called to do. Next, Jesus spent several verses praying for the disciples who were with Him.
Can you imagine what it would be like for Jesus to pray for you, specifically? Actually, that happened! After praying for the disciples physically present with Him at that time, Jesus prayed for all His disciples who would come later – including you.
Here is the first part of that prayer – “I pray not only for these, but also for those who believe in Me through their word. May they all be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in Us, so that the world may believe You sent Me” (John 17:20-21). Read the entire prayer in John 17:20-26. Then, respond to any of these questions as you feel led …
How does it make you feel to know that Jesus prayed for you before His sacrifice on the cross?
What strikes you as most interesting in these verses? Why?
Spend a few moments echoing Jesus by praying through these verses, then listen for God to speak to you. What is He saying to your heart?
Love you guys!
Dear Church Family,