Father thank You for another day. Thank You for protecting me, loving me, guiding me, motivating me, and empowering me. Thank You for Your Truth and Light. Thank You for forgiving me, blessing me with grace and mercy when I didn’t deserve it, and for giving me countless chances to do the work that You tasked me to do. I love You Father. I humbly pray to You, praising You, today and every day. Amen.
This verse is an interesting one. Jesus proclaimed to God that He was only praying for those that God had given Him, not the world, just those who God had selected for Jesus to guide and save. There are many who do not believe. There are many who are not aligned. There are many who are not called to serve in any capacity. There are some who are self-appointed and God will always make examples of them. But if you look at the verse and those that follow, Jesus also never prayed against “the world”—He could have easily cursed the world and told God to send down a ball of fire to burn up everything and everyone that was not God’s. It was not His place. God determined and determines who belongs to Him, whom He will spare and whom He will save, and which individuals He will call on to do what and when.
There are lessons to be learned here. Our minds and the words we speak for and against ourselves and others is powerful.
Do not pray against those who you, in your limited mind and capability, determine to be unworthy. You should never pray against anyone no matter what their beliefs, thoughts, words, or actions. God handles all of His creations as He sees fit. It is not your place to question or judge what happens on this level of existence, or those walking in it. You have your assignment and you don’t know how long you will have to complete it. Be loving, kind, compassionate, honest, forgiving, understanding, inclusive, and faithful—to everyone, not just to those you deem deserving—or you may find out the hard way that you’re actually the undeserving one.
Questions of the Day
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?
2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?
3. What issues are you fighting to protect from the enemy’s attack?
4. What cares, worries, and fears are you ready to turn over to God?
5. Who would you like to pray for today?
6. Do you have a testimony that you would like to share? Please do.
Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below.
You can also send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.
Copyright 2013-2017. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com
Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)
Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common. English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.
Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.