Over the past few weeks I have been spending time researching the many different prayers in the Bible. I like to see how each prayer is presented and who was doing the praying and what did they pray for. It has been a very interesting study and I have discovered that I have so much to learn about prayer and it’s importance in my relationship with Jesus Christ.
With that in mind, it’s always amazing to me to see new things in Scripture that I’ve read hundreds of times before. That is the beauty of the Bible. The message is sometimes so clear that you think you know everything you need to know about a particular verse and then one day God opens your mind and heart to something in that same verse that you never saw before. When this happens, I know that’s the work of God. At the right time, just when I need it, He shows me something new to help me in my walk. I’m sure we miss a lot as we read the Bible because the deep insights that are hidden in the words we read just aren’t needed right now. Then, just when you need them, you see something new.
This morning, I read Jesus’ prayer in John 17:12. I had read this verse before but had never really seen this “something new” thought before.
Jesus is praying for His Disciples…
“While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled.” – John 17:12
It strikes me that Jesus did His best defensive work on His knees in prayer. He prayed for these men that followed Him. He appealed to the sovereign God of the universe and kept them, guarded them even when they had no sense of a threat or of trouble. Kept and guarded. What interesting words to use. Kept from what? Guarded from what? What did Jesus know that these 12 did not? What was happening that they were completely oblivious to?
I realize this is still happening today. Jesus is still praying to the Father, interceding for us, keeping and guarding us from dangers and problems we are completely unaware of. We truly have no idea how many times God has protected us from dangers that we had no clue about. It is a wonderful feeling, knowing that Jesus is there protecting those that are His own.
Kept and guarded, what a wonderful reality for the believer today. As we walk through each day, there is a sovereign God walking with us, protecting us, guarding us so that we can better serve Him. I look forward to the day when I discover all that He has done in my life to keep and guard me from the enemy, from the world and from my own weaknesses. It will be another opportunity to praise Him for His wonderful love as we see all that He has done for us.
Kept and Guarded a wonderful promise until the day we see Him face to face.