Jesus’ Prayer, Our Prayer

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Not long before Jesus died for us, rose from the dead, and returned to His Father, He prayed for His disciples. After hearing a part of that prayer at church on Sunday, I realized that what Jesus asked God to do for His disciples is the same as what we Christian parents want for our children.

But now I come to You;
and these things I speak in the world
so that they may have My joy made full in themselves. 
I have given them Your word;
and the world has hated them,
because they are not of the world,
even as I am not of the world. 
I do not ask You to take them out of the world,
but to keep them from the evil one. 
They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 
Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. 
As You sent Me into the world, 
I also have sent them into the world. 
John 17:13-18

I like how this 1910 poster, “Twentieth Century Transportation” by E. S. Yates, illustrates people going out into the world. Image courtesy Library of Congress.

Holy Father, as we send our children out into the world, please give them Jesus’ joy. Fill them with Your word. Keep them from the evil one. Sanctify them in the truth. And, Father, help us to follow Jesus. Help us to be “not of the world” so that our children will see that example in us.

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them,
and they follow Me;
and I give eternal life to them,
and they will never perish;
and no one will snatch them out of My hand.
My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all;
and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.
I and the Father are one.
John 10:27-30

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