“And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.”
(John 17: 3-4)
God speaks to us through His vessels ~
As I was preparing devotions for the day I began the day by reading a post from Lucy Kelley (Welcome to the Ranch) titled Be Faithful in Prayer. The post was offering encouragement through “Prayers to bless the heart”. Interestingly enough, prayer is one of the special ministries offered by The Ranch.
As I begin to study the scriptures provided by Lucy, I noticed that most of them came from John 17 ~ The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus . This is a precious prayer that I have read so many times ~ it is so full of gems. As I begin to read through John 17, I was compelled to use it as my daily devotion, and begin to “unpack” even more blessings ~ The one message that really struck me today was John 17: 3-4.
In Jesus’ prayer we are told that eternal life is knowing God and His Son, Jesus.
We do not have to wait on eternity. Eternity begins now ~ our success begins now just in knowing Him.
And just as Jesus glorified God on earth by accomplishing the work he was given to do ~ so can we
– Our success begins now in glorying Him, through and in our purpose.
Isn’t that just precious? Our God is so amazing and his Word is indeed ~ the “Living Word”. I am positive there are more gems in John 17. How many more can you add to Lucy’s list?
Prayers to bless the heart: ~ Lucy’s List
Salvation: Romans 10:1, John 17:20
Spiritual maturity: Ephesians 3:14-19
God focus: Matthew 6:5-13
Praise/thanksgiving: 1 Chronicles 29:10-13
God’s will: Luke 22:42
Unity: John 17:11
God’s glory: John 17:1-4
Protection from evil: John 17:15
Growth in truth: John 17:16-19</
….these were added ~ the gift that keeps on giving…..his word.
Eternal Life – John 17:3
Glorify – John 17:4
Joy – John 17:13
Sanctify – John 17:17
Love – John 17:26
Guard – John 17:12
…..how many more gems do you see?
Precious Lord, thank you for the gift of your Vessels, the inspiration they provide through you, and the gems that are shared from your Word. Thank you for the gift of our purpose through you. ~Amen :Y