That time Jesus prayed for You

A few years ago I wrote a paranormal romance called Escaping the Ashes.  The main character is a fallen angel separated from his God.  At one point in the story his associate, a witch, confesses to him that her young stepdaughter had been praying for him.  It was an emotional scene for me, and it was made all the more poignant when one of my beloved friends told me she’d cried when she read it.  She’d been going through some rough times and I’d been praying so hard for her.  In her note to me, she told me, “my heart swelled in my chest. It choked me up. Because I know you think of me and I’ve in some small way made an impact on you.”  

Prayer is powerful.  I’ve felt the mighty waves of God’s works wash over me when people pray for me.  I’ve also felt the strength of it when I pray for others.  Prayer can be paid forward just like acts of kindness.  In fact, prayer is one of the most compelling and meaningful things you can do for others.

And did you know that Jesus also prayed for you?  In the hours just before his journey to the cross, Jesus bows his head to pray.  In his words, he speaks of the disciples, of those His father gave to him in the world. 

For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.

John 17:8-9

Then later, in verse 20 he speaks directly of you and of me. 

20 My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 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 that you have sent me.

John 17:20-21

Can you imagine?   Jesus knew exactly what was about to happen to him, that he would be facing a terrible death.  And in those moments he thought of us.  He thought of you and of me and He asked his father in heaven to make us one with them.  By the breath of his words and the actions of his death, he asked the Lord to be with us, to make us a part of their heavenly family.  Because that, my beautiful friends, it what eternal life is.  Being in oneness with our creator. 

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

John 17:3

The comfort and joy and peace of that knowledge are overwhelming.  Can you feel it?  Do you experience the strength of Christ’s prayer for you and for me?

Good and bountiful God – You are mighty and you are faithful and we are so thankful for those you have given to us, for those we can pray for today.  We ask that you rain down your mercy on them and on us, that you give your comfort, your strength, your power, and that you make us one with you and with your precious son, Jesus.  In these things, we pray, Amen.

By oliviahardinwriter

When Olivia Hardin started having movie-like dreams in her teens, she had no choice but to begin putting them to paper. Before long, the writing bug had bitten her, and she knew she wanted to be a published author. Several rejections plus a little bit of life later, she was temporarily “cured” of the urge to write. That is, until she met a group of talented and fabulous writers who gave her the direction and encouragement she needed to get lost in the words again. Olivia has attended three different universities over the years and toyed with majors in Computer Technology, English, History and Geology. Then one day she heard the term “road scholar,”' and she knew that was what she wanted to be. Now she “studies” anything and everything just for the joy of learning. She's also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and she’s sometimes accused of being artistic. A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband, Danny, their corgi Bonnie Sue, and their new rescue Heidi Ho.

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