Prayers move mountains
“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.” – John 17:13-18
Sunday past, the Seventh Sunday after Easter, was the last Sunday in the Easter festival. It followed only three days after Ascension Day. (40 days after Easter)
In the above gospel lesson, we have the beautiful words of a prayer that Jesus prayed. What makes these words more powerful is that he prayed for you and for me.
As Christ prayed for his disciples and his church, let us continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in the ministry. Let us pray constantly that the gospel of Jesus Christ may be preached in our country and around the world. Say a prayer for me also.
Pray for healing for our land. Pray for our brothers and sisters around the world. Many people in our country and all over the world are praying for us. We don’t know them yet they are praying for us.
It is amazing that the 11 men, who were so shaky and ready to abandon Christ after his crucifixion, were transformed into a small army, undeterred. In spite of the apparent gloom that hovered over them after the resurrection, “Christ said with assurance, they can do it”. They did.
Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and zeal of the disciples, Christ’s church here on earth has grown. Out of that small band of frightened men came a church totaling more than two billion people. They did.
They had their distractions and their discouraging moments. Yet they prevailed. They prayed and trusted God to deliver them.
We who follow in the train of the disciples have our gloom, our disappointments, our frustrations and discouraging moments, but we too have the zeal. Therefore, we continue to proclaim this gospel.
Jesus prayed that the disciples not be taken out of the world. Yes, after his ascension, the world would be a difficult place for them. The easiest way to protect them would be to remove them by death or remove them the way God removed Elijah.
However, Christ would not use that method as an option. He spent three years training them because he wanted them to work in the world.
Even though he left them in the world they were not of the world. He prayed that the Father would protect them while they were in the world because while in the world they will encounter the scorn of the world.
Often many young and old pastors lose the zeal to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. They just give up because they allow Satan to discourage them.
Ministry is not easy. Many times we seem to give and get nothing back. However, that should not cause us to quit, particularly if we stay in prayer.
As Christians, let us keep praying like Jesus prayed. Prayers move mountains. Sometimes we may seem to be at the end of the line and can go no further. At these moments, be reminded that God is on our side. He will give us the courage and strength to go the extra miles.
Prayer is an open line to God. Don’t stop praying. Jesus prayed that we continue to pray and to go forward and do the work that we have been called to do. Amen.
- Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at The Lutheran Church of Nassau, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas or telephone 323-4107; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.