If you had a final prayer …?

December 30, 2011

“Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. ANd I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.” … “Make them holy — consecrated — with the truth; Your word is consecrating truth. In the same way you have me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world. I’m consecrating myself for their sakes, So they’ll be truth-consecrated in their mission.” John 17:17-18 New Living Translation & The Message

Jesus prayed that God the Father would make you holy in the truth of Who He is … What He has done .. and What You are to become. He prayed for you specifically that His Word would unimaginably change your life from the inside out. He prayed that your life would be “truth-consecrated” … a life that can only be explained by the life of Jesus. He didn’t pray you would live a good life .. a full life .. or even a long life. He prayed you would live the same life He lived and he gave His life to make it happen “in” you. He said the truth would set you free .. a freedom you can find nowhere else. It isn’t a freedom you boast about or claim as some special accomplishment. But Jesus prayed that the Father’s Word would change your life .. sanctify you .. make you holy .. and form your life for His mission in you. David said that God’s word was the very source that showed him how to live and how to walk through this road-rutted .. sin-blocked .. and falsely-lighted world. There are any number of paths you can walk today that claim to “give” you a better life. Jesus didn’t pray that for you. He prayed that your life would reflect and reveal the same unity with other Jesus-Followers that Jesus had with His Father … and then the world would see the reality of who Jesus is for today. And He knew that you needed something you would never think to pray about: a truth-soaked .. truth saturated .. and truth-sealing life. We want the truth but Jesus prayed that it would make you different. He prayed that His Word would work in all those places inside of you that are neglected .. unnoticed on the outside .. and excused — explained away — or apologized for but never changed. And for that to happen He prayed with timeless patience and grace for your life. It’s the same prayer you can pray for someone else. Who comes to mind? It’s that easy and it only takes a moment …

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Ps. 119:105 New American Standard

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Grace-receiving men and women following Jesus and friends of Priority One (ken@priorityone.org)

About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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