The Holy Gospel: May 12, 2013 (Year C)

Read:  John 17:20-26

Meditation:  “Christ Prays For You”

I had not been a Christian very long before I was spiritually “knocked off my feet” when I realized I have been prayed for by Christ.

He prayed for me in the upper room (v. 20).  Somehow, in the mystery of his nature, he could see down the corridors of time, and when he did so, he saw me and prayed for me.  I was overwhelmed to realize this.  I still am.

He prayed for me from the cross (Luke 23:34), for I am among all those who didn’t realize (for a long time) that my sins were included in those that made it necessary for Christ to die on the Cross.

He prays for me at the right hand of God (Romans 8:34 & Hebrews 7:25).  As the ascended Christ, his ministry is now that of continual intercession.  Again, in ways we will never be able to put into words, Jesus prays for us—today, in this moment.

Today’s lesson calls me to ponder Christ’s prayers for me.  In relation to the text I can ask myself, “Am I believing as I should?”  Jesus prayed that I would.

“Am I living in the forgiveness of my sins?”–not only by asking to be forgiven, but by rejecting the power of sin in my life as I seek the power of grace to overcome it.

“Am I walking in the atmosphere of Christ’s ongoing intercession?”–that is, am I keeping my relationship with Christ up-to-date and paying attention to the ongoing promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Returning to my first days as a Christian, it was powerful to recall that before I ever prayed to God in Jesus Name, he had already prayed for me.  It still is.  And….it is a great comfort to know that, from the vantage point of heaven (the best vantage point of all), Jesus continues to pray for me as I pass through the days of my life.

Lord, hear our prayer:  “Thank You for praying for us!  Amen.”

About jstevenharper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 31 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
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One Response to The Holy Gospel: May 12, 2013 (Year C)

  1. It’s such a blessing to realize that Christ who has already done so much for us continues to pray for us!

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