Jesus looked toward heaven and prayed. What follows is an amazing window into the heart of our Savior. We learn of his intimacy with the Father and the deep concerns weighing on him just before his crucifixion.
Two particular lines in Jesus’ prayer stand in a kind of tension with each other. It’s a tension I feel and one that brings comfort for believers who grieve over the death of a loved one.
Praying for those who belong to Him, Jesus said, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one” (John 17:15).
Jesus would soon leave earth and return to the Father. And He knew that his followers had to remain to fulfill the mission He had given to them. Jesus prayed for their protection and unity: “I will remain in the world no longer,” Jesus prayed…
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