Jesus intercedes for those in his care

ATD correctionThe Word

“I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.” John 17:15

Thought

All of God’s precious Word is gloriously life giving. Sifting through its rich fields to glean truths and gather awaiting gems is the love of all God’s children. During the early years of my Christian experience a wise mentor challenged me to spend an extended season reading repetitively through John chapters 14 through 17. The result was an overflowing yield of spiritual treasure.

John 17:15 is just one of those priceless nuggets to discover. Before his prayer in John 17, Christ closed a discourse by telling his listeners trials and sorrows would occur while they were on the earth, but to be encouraged because he had overcome the world.[1] Then he turns to his Father in heaven to intercede for those in his care. His prayer was to ask the Father to keep the evil one from those who are the citizens of heaven during their stay on earth, a prayer later backed by the victory obtained in defeating the evil one as Christ was crucified, buried, and rose from the grip of death. In Christ we live, move, and overcome.

Prayer

In my going, you are there; in my battles, you are there; in my deliverance, you are there! Amen.

[1] John 16:33 NLT