2 Samuel 13:1-39; John 17:1-26; Psalm 119:81-96; Proverbs 16:6-7
“My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” John 17:15
Jesus got to know his disciples well in the three years that they were together. He loved them very much. And, now the night before his crucifixion, he prays to his father on their behalf.
It is a beautiful, agonizing prayer–the Lord’s greatest desire is that they be united, standing firm in their faith and in love for one another until the end.
Amy Carmichel, a missionary among destitute children in India prayed for her “children” in the Lord. Her “care” prayer echoes Christ’s prayer for his disciples and for all who call upon His name:
“Father, hear us, we are praying
Hear the words our hearts are saying
We are praying for our children.
Keep them from the powers of evil,
From the secret, hidden peril,
From the whirlpool that would suck them.
From the treacherous quicksand, pluck them,
From the worldling’s hollow gladness,
From the sting of faithless sadness,
Holy Father, save our children.
Through life’s troubled waters steer them.
Through life’s bitter battle cheer them.
Father, Father, be Thou near them.
Read the language of our longing,
Read the wordless pleadings thronging,
Holy Father, for our children.
And wherever they may bide,
Lead them home at eventide.”
Lord God, hear our prayers, for Jesus’ sake. Amen