Series Note: This year I got to write some prayer guides/reflections to be used in Lenten prayer stations in the chapel for the students, faculty, and staff at the university where I work. They are based on sections of Psalm 139 connected with scenes from Jesus’ passion week journey to the cross. I hope to share some of them here.
READ: Psalm 139:5-6
After supper, Jesus shared some thoughts with his disciples. We hear these final words with his friends throughout John 14-16. See the pictures below to read through some of the things He said. Imagine what it was like for the disciples to be there hearing these words on that night before Jesus’ death.
What thoughts come to mind as you read those things that Jesus said?
After spending some time with those thoughts, read John 17, a final prayer Jesus has with and for his disciples.
In the Psalm, we hear the declaration that God “hems” us in. It gives this image of surrounding us, going before and behind us, protecting us. It seems Jesus is doing that for his disciples as well in His final words of John 17 too.
He’s telling them what to expect.
He’s preparing them.
He’s reminding them of all the things they’ve learned over the last few years together.
Near the end, Jesus turns His attention to His heavenly Father and pleads for Him to protect, unite, and provide for His disciples.
In the final verses of the prayer though, Jesus’ attention turns to “those who will believe in me through their word…” (vs 20)
You are one who now believes in Jesus because of the work of those first disciples!
In those moments, Jesus was already praying for YOU!
To borrow some words from Psalm 139:6, the knowledge of that truly is “too wonderful” for me to comprehend!
Jesus, thank you for going before me, going all the way to the cross.
Today, please go before me in these areas:
(Write down areas where you need God’s protection, provision, or guidance.)
Go before me to lead the way.
Go behind me to protect me.
Sit with me in moments where I can’t even comprehend you.
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