Jesus spent more than three years patiently teaching his disciples in preparation for their individual ministries. After the Last Supper and before his crucifixion, Jesus gave final instructions and then spent his last hours in prayer.
Although Jesus admonished the disciples and Jewish leaders often about their dense minds and hearts, his delight leaps off the page when, at last, the disciples have their “aha” moment.
“Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.” (John 16:30)
“You believe at last!” Jesus answered. “But a time is coming, and has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:31-33)
Jesus lived out loud. His time on earth was limited, and he knew this. He didn’t have time to mince words or worry about political correctness. Everything he did served a purpose.
In his final hours, Jesus prayed for the disciples and then prayed for all believers.
“I pray also for those who will believe in me through their [disciples] 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. 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. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:20b-23)
Jesus believed in the power of prayer. He believed in making the most of whatever time you’re given on this earth for His Father’s service.
Are you living out loud for Christ? Does the world see His glory in your actions?
As we go to the Lord in prayer, please share your prayer requests in the comments section or email me confidentially.
Please pray for healing, comfort, and strength for:
· Lori, my cousin’s wife, who has been diagnosed with metastatic cancer and given six months to live.
· Courtney, young mother with cancerous brain tumor, receiving treatment through Duke. She will have repeat MRI this month to check treatment progress.
· Emily, a 12-year-old with bone cancer.
· TC’s father-in-law with cancer.
· Betty’s father-in-law with Alzheimer’s.
· Karen with leukemia in hospice care.
· A friend trying to find work and her unemployment benefits have run out. She is down to her last $100. Pray specifically she will find a job this week.
· Those dealing with difficult family situations, mental illness, depression, health problems, and employment issues.
Take a moment to enjoy this song from Steven Curtis Chapman, “Live Out Loud.”
© Laura Hodges Poole