Jesus prayed these words as he prayed to God in the garden. Jesus prays these words that the disciples may or may not have overheard. Jesus prays for his disciples, and us.
It is in these few words - in this conviction from Christ - that we are bound together. I often find hope, inspiration and frankly conviction in these words. Do we have a clear understanding of what it means to be bound together in Christ?
Every generation has it’s trials and hardships. I have heard it over and over this past year that “we are all in this together”. That may be true, but it does not mean that we have felt less isolated, or desperate. We need to be reminded over and over that as believers we are bound together by the love of Jesus Christ. We need to be assured that God’s promises are for each one of us.
The question then is - how do we live that out?
John Calvin once said - “Believers do not pray, with the view of informing God about things unknown to him, or of exciting him to do his duty, or of urging him as though he were reluctant. On the contrary, they pray, in order that they may arouse themselves to seek him, that they may exercise their faith in meditating on his promises, that they may relieve themselves from their anxieties by pouring them into his bosom; in a word, that they may declare that from him alone they hope and expect, both for themselves and for others, all good things”
I think that it is in the practice and routine of prayer that we can be reassured of our connection with God. Let us learn and relearn and remember how to pray; for connection, for our communities, for the world.
If you need “words” to guide you as you get started it can be as simple as “Lord, I belong to you.” or reciting the Lord’s Prayer, or honestly asking God to give you the words to pray...
Peace to you in Christ