“…I have prayed for you.” Lk 22:32
How awesome is that to think about? Yes – Rabbi Yeshua was talking to Peter, but in the original language, He used the inclusive form of you. In other words, “I have prayed for y’all”.
Right now – whatever you are doing – just think about that. Yeshua Ha-Mashiach is praying for you in Heaven and before He created you. I remember the first time that verse really hit my mind like a sledge hammer. I was overwhelmed it. GOD was praying for me…me…a sinner who had broken His heart too many times to count. He was praying for…each one of us.
“So then, this is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name…” Ibid.
I love teaching language. I love teaching about books. BUT – I love teaching about GOD even more. After keeping my tongue under control (mostly) in the public schools, it is sooooo fun to be able to talk about the One who created me to be a teacher and to share all the wonders of the subjects that lie behind the physical facts (as we know them).
Because of the Prayer March happening in Washington D.C. on Saturday, we talked about prayer in the library. We read about prayer. We colored papers about prayer. We wrote and talked about the words in the “LORD’s Prayer” as we filled in the blanks. Some of them knew about the prayer gathering happening on Saturday. A couple of them knew someone who was going there. Some needed to know definitions. Some didn’t really know this prayer.But all of them knew Jesus and Our Father.
“Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.” Ibid.
What did surprise me is how many did not know the words to His prayer that He taught us. I remember learning this prayer before I could put myself to bed. I remember saying this prayer everyday in school after our teacher read us a Bible story. I remember saying this prayer as I said my earthly goodbyes to my mommy and daddy. I remember saying this prayer on my knees with my children and husband every night before we tucked them in to bed.
Now that was Heaven on earth.
“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Matt 6:9-15
Like usual, after a full day of teaching, I am already yawning. The choc lab girls have meandered back to their comfy beds. Shadow-Spooky-Sparkle kitty has curled up in a tight ball in her favorite chair. So I smile as I yawn again.
Life leads us into a different faith journey every day. Some I love – and some – – – I never want to live through again. Then I as I yawn again, I wonder – how many times have I said His prayer over these 70 years?
Can’t begin to guess.
Having a prayer that comes immediately to your lips when the world betrays you, is a blessing beyond measure. I wonder how many of the children of this world will have that comfort in the years to come. I wonder how many know that Jesus is praying for them. I wonder – how many of you know that His words are a promise and He never breaks His promises…
“I have prayed for y’all”.