Jesus in Gethsemane

The last private moment Jesus had with his Father before he was arrested, he prayed for you. John 17 gives us the content of that prayer. Here are a few of things he wanted for you:

        For God to protect you from evil vs 11 and 15

       For you to have the full measure of his joy vs 13

       For God to sanctify you with truth vs 17

       For you to be unified in our relationships with other disciples vs 20 and 23

       For you to be with him vs 24

       For you to see his glory vs 24

 Heb 7:25 says that Jesus continues to intercede for us, even today. Our choice to belong to God and not to the world affords us his protection. Being in his presence will bring us joy. We are separated from the world by knowing the truth about who God is and who we are. Our churches are to be defined by our ultimate goal of knowing God and fellowship with each other, not our petty disagreements about our personal preferences. Since Eden, God’s ultimate goal is to dwell with us…on earth now, and in heaven for eternity. Jesus took on human flesh for a while, but he wants us to see him as he is – in all his glory.

 When you pray “God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven”, it includes the things on this list. May the desires of your heart match God’s will for your life. And may your prayers lead you into his presence where you will find the full measure of his joy and see his glory.

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