Prayer Thought: Our Great Security
Here’s what we know to be true: Jesus Christ, the God-Man, is the only One who can boast that He defeated death. And because He has defeated death He is alive and active in this world. Because he is alive and active in this world He beckons His sheep to come and take refuge in Him. Because we can take refuge in Him we believe what Jesus says in John 10:29,
“My Father, who has given them (believers/ the sheep) to Me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”
Elsewhere in this same Gospel Jesus proclaims that the sheep know His voice and not a single one of those the Father has given Him has or will ever be lost! Because we are secure in the Shepherds arms, we have been told to come in our frailty, come in our joy, come in our sorrow and sadness, come in our thanksgiving, come with our heartache and trials, come needing grace to sustain us.
This, friends, is how we come into Jesus’ presence in prayer. There will certainly be times of boldness in prayer. But there will also be times of possible doubt, of wondering what the Good Shepherd is up to. In all of these times and many more, we are called and, YES, instructed to come into His presence…even when life seems too busy or you haven’t the energy or words to say. Just be in the presence of your Shepherd.
An awkward yet poignant question was asked me a number of years ago that has stuck with me. What is it in your life that is hindering you from being able to sit in Jesus’ lap, unencumbered, as a child to their Father or sheep to their Shepherd? Seems weird doesn’t it? After all, we’re adults with real maturity and important things to say and do on a daily basis. We don’t have time to sit in Jesus’ lap (enter sarcasm here)! Yet there might be something in your/my life blocking this all-important question from becoming reality. So, here’s what I propose for this week: spend time in prayer this week focusing on the character of the Good Shepherd. Ask Him to reveal if there are certain things hindering your intimacy with Him. Repent if necessary, believing that fullness of grace and joy are yours and you will find freedom then to persevere and have faith as a child
Clayton J. Elliott, Kontaktmission USA
Director of Pastoral Ministries and Prayer