Our scripture this week is John 17:1-11.
“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. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you.”
Jesus continues the prayer for His disciples, remembering that we were all God’s from the beginning and were given to Jesus to tend and teach. He says that those who follow Him know that everything comes from God and have been obedient to His word. As with our prayers, He is not saying anything God does not already know, but is sharing His experience with God.
We are called by His words and example to have this prayer life relationship with God just as He does. Jesus wants everyone to know the Father and to feel the love and power that flows from that connection. This encourages and enables us to be obedient even when we would rather go our own way, even when times are hard.
How does your prayer life connect you with the Father? The apostle Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing”. God wants to hear from us all the time, not just when we are in trouble or need something. Share your life with God and He will share life with you.
Heavenly Father, we are glad to be able to come to You in prayer. Help us to speak and listen earnestly, hearing Your word for us and going to fulfill Your call in the world. Amen.