The heart of Jesus

May 31, 2019
‘I ask not only on behalf of these,
but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word,
that they may all be one.’ John 17:20-21a
At a gathering of Synod leaders, lay and rostered, a pastor told a story that went something like this: In the urban congregation he had been recently called to a couple of women, who were anchors in the congregation, invited him to their home. During his visit the women boldly asked to pray for him. Although a bit surprised at their boldness, he accepted their invitation. The experience that then ensued was spirit driven and life changing. The power of their prayer revealed things to him that he had not before perceived. And as he unfolded his story, the room of leaders were riveted. It changed his ministry, and he invited us all to actively seek the prayers of others, and to receive the gift. Prayer has the power to transform.
Jesus’ prayer in John’s writing is offered in his farewell, and it is directly offered as a prayer for those who believe, or who will come to believe. It is an intimate prayer for unity. Unity in the form of relationship, a matter of the heart.
Jesus prayer is for us. It is the life-giving power to transform our hearts, together, into the image He has for us. How will we choose to accept this gift?
Deacon Kimberly