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 to the Father:
I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one (John 17: 9-11, NRSV).
A prayer to the Father today:
Dear God, thank you for the love of us shown by Your Son even as he approached execution. He amazes us still. We truly are His, and we are humbled by this truth. Oh, Lord, how do we glorify Your Son, the sinless one? We know this glory is a gift from You for we do not deserve it. Help us more truly bring glory to Your Son. And, Lord, we thank you for your protection. The world pulls us away from you in ways that confuse us. We do things in Your name that Jesus told us not to do, and we fail to do the things He told us to do. We need your protection from our own selves and from evil that is around us.