Praying For Me

You pray for me Lord,
that blows my mind.
Someone with all the things
to deal with in the world,
takes time to pray for me.

And not just me,
for everyone.
For those left in the world,
your followers,
seeking to do your will
and go your way.

So if you love that much,
what is it that you pray for us?

You long for us to be one.
Not clones of each other,
but living and moving and working
together
as your body,
your people,
your presence.

Lord,
you know how difficult I find that.
I like my way,
my opinion;
I want to be the centre of attention,
for people to dance around me.

But that isn’t the way,
we need to stand with each other,
walk together,
helping each other along,
showing your way.

Thank you for giving yourself,
that this may be possible.
May I not be one to stand in the way.

John 17:6-19 (CEV)

You have given me some followers from this world, and I have shown them what you are like. They were yours, but you gave them to me, and they have obeyed you. They know that you gave me everything I have. I told my followers what you told me, and they accepted it. They know that I came from you, and they believe that you are the one who sent me. I am praying for them, but not for those who belong to this world. My followers belong to you, and I am praying for them. 10 All that I have is yours, and all that you have is mine, and they will bring glory to me.

11 Holy Father, I am no longer in the world. I am coming to you, but my followers are still in the world. So keep them safe by the power of the name that you have given me. Then they will be one with each other, just as you and I are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them safe by the power you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost, except the one who had to be lost. This happened so that what the Scriptures say would come true.

13 I am on my way to you. But I say these things while I am still in the world, so that my followers will have the same complete joy that I do. 14 I have told them your message. But the people of this world hate them, because they don’t belong to this world, just as I don’t.

15 Father, I don’t ask you to take my followers out of the world, but keep them safe from the evil one. 16 They don’t belong to this world, and neither do I. 17 Your word is the truth. So let this truth make them completely yours.18 I am sending them into the world, just as you sent me. 19 I have given myself completely for their sake, so that they may belong completely to the truth.

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