“I am not asking that you take them out of the world, but I ask that you protect them from the evil one.” Jesus prays that his followers will be protected in the world. Do the ministries of the church and we as Christians sometimes favor pulling us away from the world? Are we called to protect ourselves and our family, or is that God’s job? Where do I see myself pulling away from the world? What does Jesus’ prayer call me to today? – Lord Jesus, who prayed for your followers, help us to trust you as we live for you in this world amongst people who need to trust in you. Amen
“Our Father in heaven…” True prayer begins with a recognition and remembrance of who God is; a personal, loving, yet powerful God. He is “Father” (personal and
loving) and “in heaven” (in authority). He is also Father/Authority of all since he is “Our Father.” Does my prayer begin with recognition of who God is or does it tend to begin with my need? Does my need lead me to recognition of who he is? Help us Lord to stop and acknowledge who you are, lest we believe our prayers are meant to use your
power for our purposes.