As I prepared for this post and thought about how we’re coming into a time of being thankful, I was reminded of how I would hear others tell their stories of what they were thankful for. Most would (and still will) say they’re thankful for their families, their friends, and their jobs, etc. but that’s just the norm. Now, don’t get me wrong; those are very good reasons to be thankful. I’m truly thankful for my family and for the few friends that I do have too, but that, to me, seems to be the standard for giving thanks. We automatically know we have to give thanks for those things. That’s the number one Thanksgiving rule, right? Well, even if it isn’t you sure would think it was. That just wasn’t enough for me this time around.
So, I really sat and I began to think. There are so many things that we take for granted each and every day, like being able to talk, hear, see, and the list goes on. However, as I thought about the things that I, personally, have been taking for granted and the things that I hadn’t truly shown thankfulness for, the Lord led me to John 17. This is a chapter where Jesus is praying before He is betrayed and arrested. I had read this story before but what hit me was the fact that not only did Jesus pray for His disciples (including the one that betrayed Him) but He also mentioned that they were not the only ones He was praying for.
We all know Jesus has been known for His compassion toward us but this encouraged my heart because He says, “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.” (John 17:20 NLT)
Jesus wanted to make sure that there was no confusion when it came to who He was praying for. We hadn’t even stepped on the scene yet but He thought enough of little old me and you and loved all of us enough to not leave us out of this special prayer. We can always ask our brothers and sisters in Christ to pray for us. Many times they will and sometimes they won’t. We forget. We get busy, etc. It’s our nature. However, this is a prayer that I know reached the heavens on my behalf. This prayer also reached the heavens on your behalf.
He personally associated Himself with us by stating, “They do not belong to this world any more than I do.” (John 17:16 NLT) Jesus related to us. He knew the troubles we would face in this world so He prayed to God to protect us and to teach us His word so that we may be able to make it while we’re here. How cool is that? Not only is it something to encourage us in our walk but it’s definitely something that we can truly be thankful for.
Veronica Scurry is a Prophetess, Worship Leader, and Women’s Ministry Coordinator. She has served in ministry for 14 years. As a speaker, Veronica is a woman who delivers the word of God with transparency, personal conviction, passion, and authority. She has a strong desire to see everyone walk in the ways of Christ, not only with their mouth but with their heart. Therefore, she prays that her ministry not only reaches the ears of those listening but that it penetrates their hearts to bring about true repentance and freedom through a real relationship with Jesus Christ. Veronica lives in Sanford, Florida with her husband and two daughters. She is a full-time homeschool mom and entrepreneur. Her passions are spending time with family, singing, learning to DIY, and cake decorating. You can reach Veronica via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.