|TODAY IN THE WORD|
Monday Sept 17, 2018
Wouldn’t it be extraordinary to have Jesus personally pray for you? Welcome to the Word with Pastor David, and Jesus does just that in John 17. The chapter records that he has been praying for his disciples at the Last Supper and then in verse 20 he continues:
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,”
The ‘them’ in this verse is the disciple team. He is expanding his prayer past the people in the room at the time. In fact, he is expanding his prayer past the present altogether. He is expanding his prayer into the future—into the lives of the many who will be Christ-followers in the centuries to come. He is praying for us.
Does it surprise you that Jesus was praying for us in the midst of the extreme events of the night before his execution? Prayer is intimate and personal. Rarely do people refuse me when I offer to pray for them. Jesus has prayed for you these 6 verses of John 17. Would you like to know what Jesus prayed over you? If so tune in to The Word all this week. And in the meantime, revel in the fact that the King of the Universe has taken the time to pray for you.
And that’s the Word from Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.
Tuesday Sept 18, 2018
Jesus took the time to pray for us on the night before his crucifixion. Welcome to the Word with Pastor David. John 17:20-21 reads:
“…I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
Jesus prayed that we would be one with both he and the Father. He prayed that we would connect with God. And since he claims that the result of connecting with God would be that the world would believe that Jesus was sent from God, he wasn’t praying for some future connection with God in heaven someday. If the world was to believe based on our connecting with God, that connection was in the present. Jesus was praying that we would connect with God now.
In the present ‘social media’ age we have devices that claim to keep us connected with everything and everyone, yet social scientists tell us Americans feel more disconnected than ever. Jesus prays that we connect to God now, and if we do, the world will believe the Jesus story! Jesus invites a disconnected world to connect to God. What a prayer to pray over us!
And that’s the Word from David Baker of Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.
Wednesday Sept 19, 2018
What do you think is the biggest deal about heaven? Jesus took the time to pray about this on our behalf on the night before his crucifixion. Welcome to the Word with Pastor David. John 17:24 reads:
“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.”
Jesus states that his most important fact about heaven is that he gets to be with us. He wants us to ultimately be where he is. People might think heaven is about the rich surroundings, or the angels, or about clouds to float on, or harps to play. Yet Jesus prays about being with us. For him, heaven is about relationships.
And he wants us to see his glory. No, not his great power, or uncounted angels worshipping him, although other passages will describe that. He says his glory is that God has always and consistently loved him. He wants us to see the glory of a Jesus who is completely loved by the Father.
Heaven is about the love relationship of God the Father and God the Son. And heaven is about their desire to spend time with us. Heaven is about relationships more than anything else. Doesn’t that sound good?
And that’s the Word from Pastor David of Deer Lodge Assembly. Join our Wednesday adult Bible Study at 6:30 for more of the Word.
Thursday Sept 20, 2018
How would a person convince the world that God loved them? Jesus took the time to pray for us on the night before his crucifixion. Welcome to the Word with Pastor David. John 17:22-23 reads:
“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
Jesus is praying for us to have some of his glory. This glory does not necessarily result in us having power or fame. It results in the church being unified. We become one with each other like God the Father and the Son are unified.
And this unity between believers in the church will help the world discover that God loves them. When we, the church show unity based in love for each other, the story of Jesus loving humans so much that he came to earth to give his life as a sacrifice for their sins makes more sense. Church unity helps God’s love be more understandable to a lost world. So that is what Jesus prays for us—for unity.
And that is the Word from Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.
Friday Sept 21, 2018
Do you wish to be truly known? Jesus took the time to pray for us on the night before his crucifixion. Welcome to the Word with Pastor David. And in John 17:26 Jesus prays to the Father:
“I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
Jesus prayed to God that he was committed to make known God to us. This was his purpose as the great revealer. By becoming a man and living among us he revealed what God is like. And the result according to this verse was to see the Father’s and the Son’s love grow right inside us.
We live in a time when famous people are loved but not known. We only think we know them through the media, but many are actually lonely despite millions of fans. There is also the tragedy of many who are known but not loved. The divorce, the firing, and the disowning are rooted in someone saying that they know us, but they do not want to be around us anymore.
Jesus prays for us that we would grasp anew that God offers us to be both known and loved. He wants to know us better and he loved us before he even created us.
And that’s the Word. You can enjoy more of the Word this Sunday at 10:45 at Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.