Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.” (John 17:10).
READ: John 17:9-10
A look into the prayers the Lord said to the Father on behalf of the apostles, recorded in John 17, shows that for leaders to be effective in ministry, specific prayers should be made for them. Realizing the potency of such prayers for leaders, Paul solicited prayers from the church. “Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly” (Hebrews 13:18). If the 11 apostles and Paul needed prayers to fulfill God’s call upon their lives, your leaders need your prayers to succeed. When you pray for your leaders, it simply means you love yourself and you are wise. It is foolishness to ignore your leaders. Some people complain so much about the misdemeanours of their leaders to the point of not praying for them at all. If only they knew the harm being done to themselves. Your leader is your head. Your head provides your spiritual covering. It is also the medium through which, your blessings, coming from God, would pass through to you. If you fail to pray for them, they would be more prone to error and eventually constitute a hindrance to your blessings. When you intercede for your leaders, you benefit as well.
In addition, when the Lord said He was glorified in those apostles, He was only speaking in faith, calling what was not as if it was already done. If He was already glorified in His apostles, there would be no need to pray for them specifically. What He meant therefore was, ‘I see myself being glorified in them sometime in future’. This is in consonance with the language of the Godhead. For instance, God saw and called Abraham a father of many nations when he was a childless, hopeless man (Rom. 4:16-17). And eventually, it came to pass. Believe it or not, in your raw unrefined state, the Lord sees you as a chosen vessel for His glorification. God has determined that through your life He shall be glorified. So, what the Lord simply did, in today’s reading, was to pray that His vessels of glory be preserved so that they can reflect His glory. Every hindrance in your life that is debarring God’s glory from reflecting shall be removed. You shall reflect His glory from today.
Even in your state of limitation, God sees you as unlimited. Pray for the plan of God for your life to come to pass.
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