Day 78 - John 13:31-38
Points to Ponder:
1.What did Jesus want his disciples to do for each other in his absence?
2.For what reasons did Jesus want them to do this?
3.What did Peter want to do that he wouldn’t do?
4.Why wouldn’t he do it?
“Lord,” Peter asked, “why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus replied, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly I tell you, a rooster will not crow until you have denied me three times.” John 13:37-38
Lord Jesus, I long to follow you now and forever whatever that means and whatever that looks like. I’m with Peter in this. But, Lord Jesus, I’m scared about what this means. I’m overwhelmed and full of anxiety because of what the future looks like right now. I’m scared about what following you means. And, Jesus, I’m scared because I know that following you and loving like you loved – always full of grace and truth – will not always be met with appreciation. I know that often times true love – full of grace and truth – is not always received well; in fact, it is often met with opposition. And, Jesus, I know my own weakness. When I hear you tell Peter about his future, I hear you warning me about my own future. Will I deny you? Will I pretend that I don’t know you? Lord Jesus, I pray not! So, dear Jesus, this is my prayer. Help me! Give me strength, courage, and grit to follow you wherever you lead and whatever the future holds. I know that there is no place that life will take me, where your grace doesn’t go ahead, behind, below and beside me. I know that your grace, your love and your power will take me wherever you want me to be. That is my hope. That is my confidence. I also hope in the restoration you promise to give me even when I do stumble. Keep me from it, dear Savior. But when I do, turn me back and restore me by your grace. Amen.