I am reading through the prayers of Jesus again today, and I read his amazing prayer in the Garden in John 17. If you’ve never taken the time to read it, and think about it, I highly encourage you to do it today. Every time I read through that prayer, it changes me and I understand Jesus just a little bit better. It is such an open door into how He thought, what was important, and how He wants us to live. He prays specifically for you in there as well. I’m not kidding at all, he prays for you.
So, today I’m reading it again, and this is what hit me:
24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
It’s the phrase “I want those you have given me to be with me…” that jumped into my soul. He wants us. I know Jesus loves me (I mean, the Bible tells me so, right?) but to hear him say it like this, that he wants me to be with Him, is just somehow earth shattering. He….wants….me. I don’t know about you, but there is a part of who I am, a part of how I’m wired, that is designed to do nothing other than crave that love, to jump at these words, to push me to tears and joy at hearing him say it. It’s hardwired in me to need this.
So hearing it today brought that flood of hope to the surface. He wants me to be with Him.
It’s hard to imagine sweeter words than that.
And He wants you.
May it be so today.