In the midst of His greatest trial, Jesus prayed fervently. What would you have prayed about when facing torture and death? It’s fascinating to see what was on Jesus’ mind as He prayed, not only for Himself (Luke 22:41-42), but for His disciples and for us.
“As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John 17:18-21).
Jesus did not just focus inward, but by His words and His prayers (John 13:17) showed that He wanted love and joy and peace and patience and all the fruit of God’s Spirit for His followers.
He knew that His trial would be their trial. He knew that when He, the good Shepherd, was struck, “the sheep will be scattered” (Mark 14:27). He prayed for them and us out of love and deep concern.
He is our Intercessor (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25). He is at our side and can sympathize with our weaknesses, and He makes it possible for us to receive the mercy and help we need (Hebrews 4:15-16). And He wants us to learn to be intercessors too.
God gives us instructions to pray for others in several places in the Bible. The apostle James tells us to “pray for one another , that you may be healed” (James 5:16).
Our Prayer Group meets every Friday at 7.00 pm. Send your prayer requests (or praise reports) and allow us sufficient time to share your requests/report with the prayer team. We also request you too join us in parayer ( from where ever you are ) between 7pm and 8 pm on Fridays.