John 17:9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.
Jesus told His Father “I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me”. Why did Jesus stop praying for the world? Look at verse 11. “I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you…” Jesus knew His followers would be persecuted and reviled. They would be imprisoned and beaten all because of His name. Jesus knew they were going to need strength and wisdom to survive. He also knew His followers would take care of the people. Jesus knew they were trustworthy with the mission. He knew the Disciples and Apostles would do what was needed to be done to grow the Kingdom. Jesus wanted to make sure someone was praying for them as they suffered and grew the Kingdom of God on earth.
If you know God and love God, then God has equipped you to spread His great word. More than that; Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God praying for you. He is praying for your strength and wisdom to serve God as you have been equipped to serve. Jesus is lifting you up to the Father for wisdom that surpasses all understanding. He is interceding for you to have great wisdom and strength to take the word of God where ever you go.
Yesterday I reminded you that God can do all things, so pray big. Today I tell you that Jesus, the Son of God, is praying for you. You can do all things through Jesus who lives in you because He sits at the right hand of the Father praying for you.
Thursday: John 6: 41-51
Friday: John 6:52-59
Saturday: John 6:60-7
Sunday: Mark 8:31-9:1
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