Lenten Meditation Day 15 2017

Scripture

John 17:6-19

“”I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 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.”
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Prayer

You pray for us. You intercede for us. You speak to the Father for us. Teach us to trust that your pray is effective. Let us rest in your prayer. Spirit hold us as you groan with incomprehensible sounds. Let us rest in you.

Meditation

Christ executes the office of a priest, in his once offering up of himself a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice, and reconcile us to God; and in making continual intercession for us. That is the answer to question 25 of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, how does Christ execute the office of priest? He intercedes.

My favorite musical artist is Sting ( i know that my coolness factor has fallen in some of your eyes now) with the police they sang a song, “Oh My God” here are the lyrics:

Everyone I know is lonely
With God so far away
And my heart belongs to no one
So now sometimes I pray
Take the space between us
Fill it up some way
Take the space between us
Fill it up, fill it up
Oh my God you take the biscuit
Treating me this way
Expecting me to treat you well
No matter what you say
How can I turn the other cheek
It’s black and bruised and torn
I’ve been waiting
Since the day that I was born, fill it up, fill it up, fill it up
Take the space between us
Fill it up some way
Take the space between us
Fill it up, fill it up, fill it up, fill it up, fill it up, fill it up
Fat man in his garden
Thin man at his gate
My God you must be sleeping
Wake up, it’s much too late
Take the space between us
Fill it up some way
Take the space between us
Fill it up, fill it up, fill it up, fill it up, fill it up, fill it up
Do I have to tell the story
Of a thousand rainy days
Since we first met
It’s a big enough umbrella
But it’s always me that ends up getting wet

Here is a link for the song if you want to hear it. https://youtu.be/XKCrT_DnwgY

Take the space between us and fill it up some way. Often we can feel that space. God seems to be holding the umbrella and we are still getting wet. In this prayer Jesus says he is praying for us. He intercedes for us. When we don’t feel like praying He is praying. When we don’t have the right words He is praying. When are words are forced His are true. Christ prays for us.

Action

We can pray for those around us know that Jesus is praying for them. Find yourself praying with Jesus today for those around you. See if you can say a prayer for every face you see. As simple as that you for this person please rest on them today. You will be attached to them in a new way.

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