Before Jesus began his public ministry, scripture shares that he was led by the Spirit to the wilderness, where he spent forty days and nights in prayer and fasting. Throughout his ministry, Jesus consistently maintained a relationship with his Father, not only by endeavoring to accomplish the work his Father had given him, but also through prayer. As his crucifixion and death draw near, Jesus prays for himself and for his disciples. He shares with the Father that he has completed the work the Father had given him, and entrusts his disciples’ future to the Father. What a blessed assurance he gives the Church! The Church’s future is in God’s hands!
In the face of the many issues that plague the Church today, from internal conflicts within a congregation to the undermining of the Christian teaching and values in society, and the persecution of the Church around the world, it is easy to see the Church’s future as one that is clouded and uncertain. The future would have been so, should Christ have entrusted it to the world. But the Church’s future is bright and victorious, because it is in the hands of our heavenly Father to whom the Savior Jesus entrusted it.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, when the Church is faced with obstacles, help us to rest in the blessed assurance that her triumphant future is in your hands. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Stéphane Kalonji, Pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church in New Bern, NC.