Scripture Reading: John 17:6–19
The obituary for Alan Nanninga, a man in my city, identified him as “foremost, dedicated witness for Christ.” After a description of his family life and career, the article mentioned nearly a decade of declining health. It concluded by saying, “His hospital stays . . . earned him the honorary title of ‘The Praying Patient’” because of his ministry to other patients. Here was a man who, in his times of distress, reached out to pray for and with the people in need around him.
Hours before Judas betrayed Him, Jesus prayed for His disciples. “I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.” (John 17:11) Knowing what was about to happen, Jesus looked beyond Himself to focus on His followers and friends. Jesus, fully aware of the great suffering, humiliation and eventual cruel death facing Him, still loved His disciples to the extent that He gave to them a heavenly prayer. He pleaded with His Father to sanctify them through the truth. By this He requested His Father to make them holy, to separate or set them apart. They must be set apart in order to be near to God, to live for Him and to be like Him. By sanctification, they were to be consecrated to the truth which only the Holy Spirit gives. This means that they will be carriers and promoters of the Word of God as taught them by the Holy Spirit and the revelation of God.
During our times of illness and distress, we long for and need the prayers of others. Those prayers help and encourage us! Part of our apostolate as members of the DSD family is charity. In carrying this out, we visit the prisons, hospitals, old people’s homes, etc.; even though we have our health or financial challenges. My advice to you is to go ahead to wipe the face of Jesus in these places. As you do these prayerfully and sincerely, the Lord who rewards diligent efforts will reward you. You will look for that pain and it will be gone permanently. Testimonies abound in what God is doing with DSD family prayer networks in many parts of Nigeria. Look away from your present condition and take as a priority and of utmost importance care of the least of Jesus’ brethren and experience the wonders of Christ.
Jer 31:31-34; Ps 51:12-13.14-15.18-19(R.12a);Accl Mt 16:18; Gosp Mt 16:13-23WEEKDAY St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, (Edith Stein) V.M., (Opt Mem)
- Lord, even in our difficult times, may we honor You and encourage others by praying for those who are suffering today.
- Father, create in the minds of all DSD users the great need to live not just for themselves but for others especially the least of Jesus’ brethren. (Take seriously)
Exercise: Pray for any of your neighbor who do not believe in Christ.
Meditation: John 16:13