The cross and resurrection figure large in our thoughts right now, and I struggle with how to pray. I decided to follow an ancient practice and “pray the Scriptures.” It’s a matter of letting the words of Scripture guide us as we pray.
I have decided to use Jesus’ last prayer for His followers to shape my prayers this week.
Jesus’ prayer to the Father:
I have made your name known to those whom you gave me. . . . They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me (John 17:6-8, NRSV).
A prayer to the Father today:
Thank you, Father, for the great and incomparable gift of Your Son. We are indeed Yours, and we also are His. Thank you for the words you gave Your Son to speak and that they have been conveyed through the centuries. Father, help us receive those words deep into our beings. Help us to see the truth in them. Help us to live more consistently by them. We believe, Father, please forgive us our unbelief as expressed in our continued rebelliousness.