I don’t know about you, but there are often days that I struggle to see or feel Jesus’ love for me. I see my sin ever before me, and wonder how could God love me after I did (x, y, z)! I am so driven by this performance mentality, that I forget the grace side of God. Jesus loves us so dearly that He gives His life. Think about it – He knows all that you’ve done, and all that you will do, and still He love does not waiver one bit.
We see this ever so clearly in John 17. This is one of my favorite passages because we see a glimpse of Jesus’ love. You see this intimate moment between the Father and the Son. As we see in John 17: 9-17:
“I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled. I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”
Today, I would encourage you to:
- Think about this prayer, and what sticks out to you the most. What are you surprised by? What do you appreciate the most out of what Jesus prays for?
- How has this prayer been answered so far in your life?
- Close up your time by spending a few moments praising Him for all that He’s done.