Week 5: TEACH ME
by: Clayton DeMooney, LAMB mission team member
Jesus prayed for us during his ministry on earth...and that prayer is still powerfully at work in our lives as His followers today, and for generations to come.
When Jesus cried out to God in John 17, he knew the time was drawing near when he would be taken from his disciples, and he considered it important to pray for them in his presence. As the disciples were charged to trudge on without the physical presence of Jesus, so we are also called to carry on in the world now.
This is a teachable moment. In my life, it has been a great comfort that I can go before God in prayer when I am troubled, just as Jesus does.
Now if I am honest, I do get bogged down with the plights of our world—from scenes of war flashing across a news program to an article detailing abuse within a family, my own heart overwhelmed at the magnitude of darkness in this world. At times like these I feel like I’m surrounded by evil and that it is winning; but Jesus reminds me in this prayer that we are given protection from the evil one, and the victory is gained by Jesus upon the cross.
The good news is that God is with us in all of the things we could possibly endure. We are not alone. We will experience the hatred of the world, but we do not belong to the world. We belong to a gracious God who calls and claims us as his.
Like the early disciples, we have been made righteous through the death and resurrection of Jesus. So that through Jesus, we have a unity with God and a promise of hope and glory that far exceeds the troubles of this world. It is a union that is forged in sacrifice: the sacrifice Jesus demonstrates on the cross. When we deny our very own selfish natures and put others before us, it seems a very odd thing to do in this world. But this is the example Jesus sets before us in our daily living.
Question: Who is God placing on your heart and mind in need of his love (here and now)?
Lord, I praise your son and for the example he gave us of how to come before you and how to love others. Place the desire within me to come before you when I am overwhelmed in this world. May you reveal to me the places where I can shed your light and share your love in the midst of troubles. Help me to lead a life that is aligned with the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. I pray your kingdom would come and your will would be done in me and through me in my everyday life—on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus' name, Amen.