Artist Rendition of Christ in Prayer
If I were given the chance to sit down and chat with the President of the United States I would probably remember that moment forever. I would want to to have a picture taken of that moment and then have that picture framed and hanging on my wall. It would be something I would want to tell my kids and grand kids about!
Prayer is so much greater than speaking with the President of the Untied States, and yet we take it for granted. It is an amazing thing that we can speak directly to God Himself! We can communicate with the Almighty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, with no monthly bill, annual contracts, or long distance fees to worry about.
An even crazier thought is that Jesus Christ himself would pray to God the Father on our behalf! It seems insane to think that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, would be mindful of us. And yet towards the end of his earthly ministry, we see Christ praying this simple prayer for His followers:
“I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.”
– John 17:15-19
Jesus knew at this point that the cross was before him, and that he would soon die for the sins of the world, rise three days later, and leave his church in the care of the Holy Spirit with the great commission as their calling. Jesus also knew that the church would face trials and tribulations in his earthly absence. For this reason he prayed.
If you are a Christian this prayer is for you, and from this prayer we can find some comforting truths. The first truth being that…
I. This World is Not Our Home
“They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.”
This does not mean that Christians are some sort of extra-terrestrials. It does mean that we who are saved have a different nature than the rest of the world. We have different heart desires, different goals, different morals, and ultimately we have a different God.
I think it is odd that Christians are surprised to find that the world might mistreat them. We are told over and over in the scriptures that this is not our home. As Christians we are strangers in a strange land and we should experience a spiritual “culture shock.” We were rescued from darkness, and we are new creations, but that doesn’t mean we ignore the world or those who are still living in it.
“As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.”
If anyone had the right to ignore the world it was Jesus Christ the Son of God, but for our sake he humbled himself, took on the form of a man, lived a perfect sinless life, died on a cross for our sins, and rose three days later. His ministry now continues through you and me.
Which brings us to a second truth…. Continue reading