Not Just for Them

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20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” John 17:20-23 NIV

This prayer is a prayer for us. This blew me away when I understood it for the first time.  We are the ones who heard the message of Jesus Christ all these centuries later from the messages carried on through His disciples.  As Jesus was getting ready to face the most horrific of executions, here he was, interceding for us. This touches my heart so deeply.  What incredible love. He wanted us to have the relationship with God that He had. He wanted us all to be together again…even before we were born.

I have always heard the scriptures of God knowing us before we were “knit together in our mother’s womb” but this scripture made we realize very practically how much Jesus was a part of that picture too.  It made it very real for me.  It is right there in black and white. Jesus, thank you  for Your unfathomable unconditional love and sacrifice.  It humbles me to a point that words cannot express.

Ephesians 4:12-16; Colossians 2:2-4, 3:12-15

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Future Generations

17But the unfailing love of the Eternal is always and eternal for those who reverently run after Him. He extends His justice on and on to future generations, 18 To those who will keep His bond of love and remember to walk in the guidance of His commands.” Psalm 103:17-18 The Voice

“He extends His justice on and on to future generations” are powerful words.  As I grew older and returned to the teachings of my youth, I have been very thankful for the prayer that my Mom and her friends wrapped me in growing up.  It wasn’t until I was reading this verse recently that I realized they were wrapping the next generation in prayer too.  Now I realize that I too am positioned to pray for my children’s children “on and on to future generations.”  As I pray, I ask that God’s hand will be on their lives and that He will knit them together for safekeeping.  I pray they will become Mighty Warriors seeking His Heart at all times.

Proverbs 3:1-3, Matthew 21:22, John 17:20