Should I Pray…
Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!”
This is it! The final seconds are ticking by, the basketball comes your way. The game is on the line! What will you do? Hit the pause button? Duck for cover and let the ball fly out of bounds? Catch it and pass it to another player, hoping the game clock doesn’t expire? What will you do, when the game is on the line, and you have the ball in your hands? Close your eyes, throw the ball up in the air and hope for the best? Or, will you turn to the basket and think of all those other shots you have taken on the playground and at practice, while your friends counted down the seconds? You square up to the rim, say a prayer, and fire up the “winning shot”!
It is clutch time for Jesus. The final moments of his life are ticking by. The Cross is looming on the horizon. Rejection by the crowd, the people he came to save, is the reality of the day! What will he do? Will he run and hide? Does he take the easy way out and escape to live another day? What will he do?
We know the answer. It is what we need to do, when our life and witness is on the line. He PRAYS! “Father, GLORIFY YOUR NAME!” He prays the prayer of ultimate commitment. We are here for a reason: to bear witness to the Father’s love! This is our moment to pray: “FATHER, GLORIFY YOUR NAME!”
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