Sunday, September 18, 2011

Hear It On Sunday. Use It On Monday - Jesus Is Praying


It has been a long, exhausting two weeks. It is difficult to describe in one word but the one that comes to mind is stressful. Many times during the process I thought of Pa and Ma Ingalls. When that inevitable urge to move hit Pa, they simply loaded all their earthly belongings into a small covered wagon, lifted in the girls, whistled for the dog and headed west. We seem to be burdened by an abundance of things!

There have been a couple of very difficult, unexpected complications, and I found myself simply coming undone. I did all of the things I know I shouldn't do. I worried, I allowed fear to overwhelm my heart, I imagined all sorts of ways everything was going to go wrong, and I forgot whose child I am.

My practical, wise, deeply spiritual Pastor, quite without knowing my need, reminded me of it last evening. He took us to the seventeenth chapter of John and Jesus' prayer for His disciples and for you and me. On the eve of His betrayal and the journey to the cross, He poured out His heart to His Father - and we were on His mind.

The first time I read this prayer with understanding I wept. It is such a beautiful prayer filled with a love that is beyond comprehension. It is deeply personal and cannot fail to move the most indifferent of hearts.

In the fifteenth verse Jesus makes this request of His Father:

"I'm not asking You to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one."

Knowing all that the enemy would be likely to throw at me, He prays for my safety. He looked ahead in time and saw the ways and the times that I would feel abandoned and afraid. He placed my life, your life, in the hands of the One He loved more than His own life.

Implicit in His words is the promise that He continues to pray for us - for our safety. He lives to make intercession for us. When it seems as though my world is falling apart around me, He is praying. When I am fearful of what the future holds, He assures me that He is already there - waiting to help me through. When I feel abandoned, He reminds me of His promise to never leave me or forsake me.

Quietly sitting listening to the words of Jesus, I felt my heart begin to slow and rest. I confessed my sin to a Father who has already covered it with His grace. And He gave me His peace.

Linking to Michelle's Hear It On Sunday. Live It On Monday.



Glad to be back. I've missed every one of you.

Blessings,
Linda

picture: our apartment complex - home while we wait for our new house to be built

10 comments:

Linds said...

I have been thinking of you and praying, Linda - I know how difficult change can be. You are half way there, my friend. And, as you have remembered, Jesus has you covered.

Dawn said...

I left my comment on FB this time!

Sure can't wait to hear more about the process. Send me an e-mail if you need to!

Sandy said...

That's the key-quietly sitting
listening to the words of Jesus.
Best way to find peace and get
everything back in order that I
know of.
I have been thinking of you, praying,
and hoping all was going well.
Love,
Sandy

Anonymous said...

it is good to get a word on time.
yours feeds me well today.

Love, n.
glad you are back.

Beth said...

I just read a notation by Joyce Meyers in my The Everyday Life Bible about "getting rid of 'what if'."
She gives another perspective to Romans 4:17--"we call 'those things which be not as thought they were' only we do it in the negative sense by sowing negative seeds."
Her son and daughter-in-law were about to move in for a short time because their new house wasn't ready yet and their old one was sold. She was coming up with all the possible neg. "What ifs?" and then realized that her mouth wanted to declare disaster ahead of time.
She said, "Satan wanted me to prophesy my future. He wanted me to be critical of the situation in advance."
That resonated with me because I've done that and have been recently doing it with my son's pending divorce.

I have found that the selling and buying of houses is an extremely stressful situation. I have wondered about and prayed for you.

I've never really let that prayer of Jesus' sink in before. Wow!
You opened my eyes and I hope I gave something back.:>)

S. Etole said...

Been thinking of you and praying. Blessings of peace during this time.

lil red hen said...

So good to read your inspirational words again this Monday morn. I've missed them! I think we are in our last earthly home; too much stuff to cope with moving.

I'm sure I had read John 17 many times, but one night the Holy Spirit opened my understanding and it truly can be called The Lord's Prayer.

Donnetta said...

Every time I remember or call to mind the truth that Jesus prays for me/us, I am encouraged to my very core.

Thank you for the reminding! Just the encouraging promise that my heart needed tonight!

Lyla Lindquist said...

Teach me more, Linda. What a beautiful reminder. To consider where He was headed, and yet, as you say, we were on His mind.

(Glad you're coming through the grueling work of the move. For what it's worth, I live not so far from one of Ma and Pa Ingalls' homesteads. I think you'll be quite happier in your new digs than their cabin once the dust settles from the covered wagon.)

Susan said...

I'm glad you're back, too, Linda. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and your walk with the Lord.