Model the Heart of Jesus

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We often forget to pray for others, but when we do, we often resort to shallow prayers: “I pray they have a good day.” “I pray for health.” “I pray for safety.” “I pray for happiness.” “I pray for success.” But when Jesus prayed for us, he prayed boldly for unity. He prayed that we would reflect the glory of God to the world. He was more concerned with what impacts eternity than what impacts the finite. This is why, in the most difficult seasons, Jesus models a heart of prayer for others. He doesn’t just show us the importance of praying for one another in times of difficultly, he shows us how to pray for them.

Jesus prayed bold, God-centered prayers for his disciples and his followers. It’s not that the trivial matters his followers dealt with weren’t worth praying for, it’s that Jesus knew that his bold prayers would encompass all of the trivial matters. As he prayed for unity, he knew that this would affect their finances, health, physical needs, and relationships with one another. He knew that the believers would share their possessions and give to each other when they were in need. He knew that they would come together to take care of each other and build strong relationships with one another. Ultimately, he knew that the unity of believers would reflect the love of God to all people—and this was the most important thing to pray.

Jesus knew that life wasn’t about health, happiness, and worldly success. He was and is more concerned with our eternity than worldly matters. We will reveal what we believe to be most important by our prayers for other people. 

Reflection/Discussion Question: How and when do you pray for others?

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