Last week’s scripture reading in John 14:15–21 was the first of four teachings in John’s gospel called the “Farewell Discourse.” In that reading Jesus prepare and encourage the disciples for the coming of the Holy Spirit who would comfort and advocate for them in his absence. This week’s reading is the conclusion of Jesus’ farewell teachings, in which Jesus offers a prayer on behalf of the disciples just before his arrest and crucifixion.
Our focus Bible story is John 17:1-11. Jesus was concerned for his friends. He knew what was coming and prayed for them. He had cared for them during his time on Earth and entrusted them to God’s care. Jesus asked for protection; protection from temptations, fears, and discouragement. Above all, Jesus wants his friends to stay close to God.
Jesus’ prayer for the disciples offers young people the opportunity to reflect on the role of their own prayers for others. Out of all forms of prayer in the life of the Christian community, prayers offered on behalf of others, intercessory prayers, can be meaningful, enjoyable, and accessible to children and youth. These prayers will encourage the children to discover that they are part of the solution and members of a broader community of care and action. Prayers for others can become an entry point for someone who have not grown up as part of the church community. This week’s session on Jesus’ prayer can help our group to grow in their prayer life and spiritual development. They will be encouraged to pray for others and to know that their prayers are one of the ways they are living out the call to be a follower of Jesus.
All children and youth are welcome to join us for Bible story time and activities on the 2nd floor after the time of conversation with the pastor. Childcare for children under 5 years old is provided on the 2nd floor of the church house as well.