#thirstythursday on The Daily Starr is a time when we get into the Word of God. Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well in John chapter 4 she could have living water and never thirst again. I want that living water too! How about you?
Jesus was praying on his way to the Mount of Olives as he walked his final steps of ministry on earth with his disciples. This was right before being betrayed by one of his own and arrested by the Roman soldiers.
He knew exactly what was about to happen and that the moment was very near.
What did he pray in those final moments? What would YOU pray if you knew these things that were about to take place – these awful horrible, unimaginable events? Would you spend your time praying for others?
In the very words of Jesus: John 17: 11,14-21, 24
11Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are.
14I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 16They do not belong to this world any more than I do. 17Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. 19And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth. 20“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.
24Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!
He thought of me and you.
He prayed for protection.
He prayed for unity.
He prayed for safety from the evil one.
He prayed for us to be holy, for us to learn God’s word – the truth.
He began to give his life as a sacrifice – for me and you.
He prayed that we would be together with him again.
Yes, THOSE are the things Jesus prayed right before being arrested. Amazing, right?
I read these words early this morning and while getting ready, the song Above All by Michael W. Smith came on. Such timely words for what He did for us.
Proverb of the Day:
The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm. [Proverbs 19:23 ESV]
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