Will His Prayer Come True?
Memorial of Saint Justin, Martyr
Scriptural Readings: Acts 22:30; 23:6-11; Psalm 16:1-2a+5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 John 17:20-26
My dear encountered couples:
Jesus prayed for us. He is still praying for us. The prayers of Christ on our behalf never cease.
When you are worried, be assured you have a friend in heaven praying for you. When everything goes wrong for you, remember there is someone working to bring good out of all the bad for you. There is nothing that happens to you that Jesus Christ is not concerned about and doing something about. He gave his life for you a long time ago and is still doing so today. As he once lived and died for you, he is now living and dying in you every day.
We are often told to look for Christ in others. To see his needs, his pain, his suffering in others. To someone else you are one of those others. Jesus Christ is in you. Jesus Christ lives and breathes in you, he is happy and sad in you. You are united to Christ by the action of his Holy Spirit who is helping you to become more one with Jesus every day. This is hard for us to fathom, it is next to impossible for us to visualize, but it is happening - unless we veto it. His Father likes to give Jesus what he prays for. But we have been given the power to disappoint them both by saying, “No.”
“I do not pray for my disciples alone,” Jesus told his Father. “I pray also for those who will believe in me through their word, that all may be one as you, Father, are in me, and I in you; I pray that they may be one in us that the world may believe that you sent me.”
Jesus is praying for us right now. Will his prayers be answered as he hopes? God leaves that up to each one us individually. We are to decide.