In the Upper Room, before his passion and death, our Lord Jesus prayed as our high priest to God. Jesus prayed for his disciples, for those whom the Father had given him, and for those who would come to believe through the apostles. Jesus declared that he would no longer be in the world, but they would be in the world, and he would soon be coming to the Lord. Jesus asked the Holy Father to keep them in his name, those whom he had given to Christ, in order that they might be one, even as he and his Father were one.
If the apostles expected to escape the sort of treatment they saw Jesus endure, they were mistaken. Jesus suffered greatly because the world and the enemy hate him. So also, Jesus’s followers will suffer in the same fashion because the enemy and world hate us.
Lord Jesus, we pray that you would help us to follow in your footsteps, even to the point of death.
The good news is, we can worship God the same way every day. We, too, can praise Him for His mighty acts. We can applaud His strength and acknowledge His power to defeat Satan, this world’s “god-king.” Along with Israel, we can proclaim that God is holy. And we can—and must—recognize God as our Deliverer, because just as He freed the Israelites to worship, He will free you from all that hinders your worship. Ego, depression, anger, fear—like the soldiers of Egypt, these will all drown. God wants to free you—today.
~ Vernon Whaley, Called to Worship: The Biblical Foundations of Our Response to God’s Call. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2009. p. 67.
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