“On that day you will ask in my name.  I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.” ~ John 17:26

During my private devotional time I read from John 17.  I am reading through the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.  It is a different version than I normally read.  Today, I saw this verse for the first time…or at least it seemed like I was reading it for the first time.

Jesus tells His disciples that He will no longer pray for them to the Father.  And He will no longer intercede for them to the Father.  The New Testament tells us that Jesus is our High Priest.  But here, Jesus says that when He “goes to the Father” (ascends to heaven), He will not be interceding on our behalf.  Instead, we will be able to go boldly to the Father ourselves.

I have pictured, in the past, Jesus taking my prayers and presenting them to God.  But that is not what Jesus says here.  Instead, Jesus opened the door, and we stand before God…by ourselves.  And we can have confidence before God that He loves us and receives us.  Wow!

So what are we waiting for?  Be bold!  Go to your Heavenly Father.  Run to Him with confidence that He loves you and receives you in your prayers.

Have a blessed Lenten season!

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