A Beautiful Blessing
Read John 17. This is rather a long chapter but well worth your time. It is Jesus praying for His disciples. He not only prays for his disciples but also for us: "I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word..." verse 20. (NRSV)
"Who will believe" is in the future and that future is us. Jesus was praying for us so many years ago.
At Melinda VanRy's wedding reception, a friend of her grandparents, who had known her for her whole life hugged her. She told her how proud Melinda's mother would have been of her. Melinda appreciated that connection to the past - especially since her mother and grandparents were no longer living.
Melinda was surprised, however, when the friend's husband also hugged her and took her hand. Melinda could not recall ever having a conversation with this man, yet he said, "I've been praying for you since you were a little girl." Nothing any other guest had said to her was as meaningful as that. She had spent her life unaware of this man, yet he had cared enough to pray for her all this time. Melinda was grateful for this beautiful blessing.
Before Jesus was betrayed and crucified, he prayed for us. First he prayed that his disciples would be protected in their faith and that they would be made holy. He entrusted God's message to them to share with others as he had shared it with them. He then prayed for all who would believe because of their message. That's us!
In the body of Christ, we are all family. We can show our love by praying for one another.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to see others through your eyes and with your love. Soften our hearts to the needs of others, and remind us to pray for them, in Jesus' name, amen.