Today’s devotion is based on John 17:15 “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one”
This week, I will base my daily devotion on Jesus’ prayer to his Father for the disciples. While we don’t often focus on this prayer, it can teach us many things about Jesus’ mission on earth. We learn of Jesus’ mission to the disciples now being complete. In this prayer, he glorifies the Father and prays for protection on his disciples, praying to the Father for their safety in his name. From all we have learned about prayer from Jesus himself, we know that there is an absolute certainty that his prayer to his Holy Father will be answered.
We do well to remember that Jesus will protect us from the evil one. But he isn’t necessarily going to ‘airlift’ us out of troubled situations. Current times demonstrate this all too clearly. But we are his children; he prays for us, and he is with us while we live in this world.
Please pray the prayer of the day with me: Father, help us to must remember who we are, who we belong to, and that the truth sanctifies us through Jesus’ death on the cross. Help us follow Jesus’ example to pray for others, just as Jesus did, even when facing our troubles. Please help us to put others’ needs before our own. In Jesus’ name, Amen.