Today’s chapter contains an incredible link that connects us with our Maker on an ongoing, 24/7 basis and it’s due to a 2,000-year-old prayer…
READ JOHN 17 Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Over the years, I kept “prayer diaries” for our children. As soon as I knew that I was expecting, I’d buy a good quality hard-cover book and began to write. I had a book for each child and besides recording their progress and latest milestone that we were proud of, the books contained personal letters to each child explaining my inner-most thoughts, prayers, and even fears, for them. The idea was that when they were older, I’d hand them their life-story… from the perspective of their mother’s love.
When our son passed away, suddenly and unexpectedly, I opened his book, pasted in his funeral service sheet, and wrote to him for the last time.
One prayer seemed to reappear throughout my children’s life-stories and it was this 2,000-year-old prayer that Jesus prayed in today’s chapter:
“My prayer is not that you take them out of this world, but that you protect them from the evil one.” [v15]
I didn’t care if my children grew up to be faithful toilet cleaners. I didn’t care if they were rich or poor, educated and successful, or plodding along contentedly on a basic subsistence. My greatest concern was that their heart, mind and soul was protected in eternity. And so it was with irony that I looked down at the words of this prayer handwritten into Mike’s book. As I rubbed my fingers over the ink inscribed there more than eighteen years earlier, I wondered if it had become necessary for Mike’s Maker to “take Mike out of this world” in order to answer that prayer.
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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.
Wanting to speak directly with your Maker? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[a]
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
1. Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”
My heart rejoices in the Lord! In the Lord my strength is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in Your deliverance. There’s no one holy like the Lord! There’s no one besides You – no Rock like my God. [1 Samuel 2:1-2]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: God’s Grace on the Comoros Islands[b]
Your Country: Ministries within the Military
Yourself: Spiritual Insight
Your concerns for today
Thank-You Lord that You are near to all who call on You, to all who call on You in truth. You fulfil the desires of those who fear You. You hear our cry and You save us. [Psalm 145:18-19]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”
As I go about my daily choices, Lord, help me to remember Your guidelines because, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. [2 Timothy 2:5]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”
You have swept away my offenses like a cloud, Father God, my sins have gone like the morning mist. I will return to You, Lord, for You have redeemed me. [Isaiah 44:22]
“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”
When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[c] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: An Assured Future
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life, has set us free from the law of sin and death. [Romans 8:1-2]
[a] Matthew 6:5-15
[c] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31