17READ:  John 17

MY VERSE:  John 17:20 – “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message.”

MY REFLECTIONS:  Jesus prays not only for those who have found their way back to God; but He also prays for those who are still far from God.  Jesus is passionate about both those that believe and those that do not yet believe.  It’s almost as though He is saying to the Father, “I am so excited about those that have come to follow me and know You, but there are so many more that I can’t get them off my mind.”  Jesus had a holy discontent about people that were far from God and it showed up in this passionate prayer.

Father, I sense that at Community you are bringing us into a new season of tremendous outreach.  I want to say thank you for the thousands that have found their way back to you through this church and our NewThing Networks – I am so grateful to be a part of that.  But I also ask that your Spirit guide us so that we can reach even more people with the good news of your grace, purpose and hope.  Please continue to use us in ways that can only be explained as a work of God.  With love and loyalty, Dave

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