Every Drop of Jesus Day 96

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Day 96 - John 17:13-17

Points to Ponder:

1.Who or what is Jesus praying for or about in this section of the prayer?

2.List the things that Jesus prays for them.

3.Which of those comforts you the most? Why?

Verse:

I am not praying that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.  They are not of the world just as I am not of the world. John 17:15-16

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, I don’t belong here.  It is becoming clearer and clearer to me every day.  My thoughts are so different than those who still belong to this world.  My priorities and goals in life are so divergent from theirs.  My wants, my likes, my pursuits and my passions are all from a different place.  Lord Jesus, first, I thank you that you set me apart from this world and made me an heir of eternity.  Because of your grace, this is not my home; I don’t belong here.  Then, Lord, when my thoughts, priorities and goals clash with those of the world protect me from those who would cause me harm.  Protect my thinking and my wanting.  Protect my planning and my pursuing.  Protect my heart, Lord, because if the evil one can get my heart, then he has my life.  I pray, deliver me from the evil one by protecting my heart from his temptations.  Keep on praying this prayer before the Father’s throne that I might be protected by your praying and your power.  Amen.

Every Drop ofJesus Day 95

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Day 95 - John 17:1-12

Points to Ponder:

1.What or who is Jesus most concerned about in this part of his prayer?

2.What is his conversation with his Father all about?

3.What does he desire for his disciples? For us?

Verse:

I pray for them.  I am not praying for the world but for those you have given me, because they are yours.  Everything I have is yours, and everything you have is mine, and I am glorified in them.  I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you.  Holy Father, protect them by your name that you have given me, so that they may be one as we are one. – John 17:9-11

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, even in the deepest, darkest moments of your suffering and death you were concerned for his disciples.  You were concerned about only a few things and they were on the top of your list.  You asked your Father to protect them and keep them so that all of them would be one just like you and the Father.  You were concerned for their protection and their unity.  You were concerned for them and their salvation.  This was on the forefront of your heart and mind as you called out to your Father that night.  Dear Jesus, keep interceding for me like this.  There is so much that would hurt my soul, that seeks to tear me away from you just like Judas was worn away from you.  There is so much that would tempt me and lure me away.  Dearest Jesus, intercede for me that the Father would also protect me from sin and temptation, doubt and unbelief.  Protect me, Jesus, by your death and resurrection.  Protect me, Father, by the name you gave me at your baptism that I may be one with all of your people in glory forever.  Amen.

Every Drop of Jesus Day 94

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Day 94 - John 16:1-33

Points to Ponder:

1.What promises does Jesus make to his disciples in this chapter?

2.Which one comforts you the most?  Why?

Verse:

I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace.  You will have suffering in the world.  Be courageous! I have conquered the world.  John 16:33

Prayer:

Jesus you make it clear to me in so many ways that this life will be hard.  I will have suffering in this world.  Some of it will be my own fault because of my own sin and sinfulness.  Some of it will be the fault of the corruption of this world.  This world hurts simply because it is not perfect.  Some of it will be the fault of other people. They will cause me pain and suffering both purposely and accidentally.  I will suffer in this world.  But when I do suffer for you, dear Jesus, make me courageous and confident in the face of the suffering.  Make me courageous in the face of my own sin because you have forgiven it all.  Make me courageous when the world decays around me because you are preparing for me a heaven and an eternity that will never decay.  Make me courageous in the face of the sins of other people both because of the forgiveness you have won for them and because of who I know I am in you. I am, with you a conqueror.  Lord Jesus, when I suffer, comfort me and make me courageous because of your victory.  Amen.

Every Drop of Jesus Day 93

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Day 93 - John 16:25-33

Points to Ponder:

1.What promises does Jesus make to his disciples in this section?

2.What confidence do these promises and the clear words of Jesus give the disciples (and us)?

Verse:

On that day you will ask in my name, and I am not telling you that I will ask the Father on your behalf. For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. John 16:26-27.

Prayer:

Dear Father, what joy it is to be near you, to have complete access to you. I get to come into your presence without any mediator, without any hesitation, without any fear at all. Your most sacred spaces are open and accessible to me.  And so, dear Father, my heart is an open book before you.  I can come to you openly and confidently, boldly and courageously, without any fear at all.  Dear Father, my heart is a jumbled mess and you know it.  The thoughts and fears that I have and that fill my heart overwhelm me and, at times, rock me to my core.  Fear of the future and the unknown makes me wonder how it will all work out and am uncertain about how it will all be hold together.  Dear Father, you know my heart, and you love me still.  You know my uncertainty about my future, but you are not uncertain about it. You know my future and know exactly how it will work out for me.  Dear Father, what joy it is to talk to you directly and to come to you in prayer.  Calm my troubled and anxious heart with the truth that you hold me and my future in your loving hands.  Amen.

Every Drop of Jesus Day 92

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Day 92 - John 16:16-24

Points to Ponder:

1.About what were Jesus’ disciples confused and sad?

2.What illustration did Jesus use to help them understand what was going to happen in their hearts?

3.How does this illustration help you when you struggle in this world?

Verse:

When a woman is in labor, she has pain because her time has come.  But when she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers the suffering because of the joy that a person has been born into the world.  So you also have sorrow now.  But I will see you again.  Your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy from you. John 16:21-22.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, you promise me that my pain will turn to joy when I see you again.  I can’t wait.  Now there is so much pain in so many areas of my life. The pain of separation from people I love in death or just in location in this world.  The pain of trouble and struggle in my relationships with other people.  The pain in my body because it slowly decays.  The pain in my spirit and emotions because of anger, or grief, or bitterness, or worry, or anxiety, or depression.  These are emotions I do not want to have, yet I still have them.  The pain I suffer because there are people in my life who do not know or believe in you.  The pain I suffer because I believe in you and people respond to me differently because I do.  There is so much pain in my life, but what a joy it is to know that I will not even remember this pain when I get to glory.  Now, the pain of sorrow lingers on and remains in my heart long after the moment of pain is gone.  But then, then, there will not even be a remnant of pain and suffering in my soul.  Then, then, there will only be joy and that joy will not ever be taken away from me.  Then, when I see you again – and I will see you again! – will be complete and will be forever.  Lord Jesus, I cannot wait until that day!  Hurry up!  Come, Lord Jesus, and turn my sadness and sorrow into joy forever.  Amen.