On Christ’s prayer request list - 31 July 2018

Hennie Symington

“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.  I pray for them. … “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 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. John 17:6, 20-21

Do you realise that you’ve been on Christ’s prayer request list long before your birth? In the week before Christ was crucified, he was in constant conversation with his Father. It was as if he was driven to put everything in order before leaving the world.

In John 17 we read this deeply moving conversation between God and his Son. It’s almost as if Christ is reporting back to his Father about what he achieved during his time on earth. He had completed his assignment. He brought the Word to the people and they believed, and now he was ready to return from where he came.

Yet, he is deeply troubled about leaving his followers behind in this world and therefore prays intently for God to watch over them. Then he prays for you and everyone who will come to faith through the witness of the first disciples. He prays that we will be one in him and with all believers yet to come.

How wonderful to know that God has already seen us in his mind’s eye even before we were born. And even more amazing is that Christ has already commended you to God before you even knew him. Incredible? No, just God’s goodness.

Prayer: How wonderful Father that you had us on your mind even before our mothers had conceived us. You are indeed a faithful and loving Father. Amen

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