Jesus constantly released his followers (His spiritual children) into His Father’s hands through prayer.
“Holy Father, keep them and care for them – all those you have given to me – so that they will be united just as we are.” (John 17:11b)
“My prayer for all of them is that they will be one, just as you and I are one, Father – that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us.” (John 17:21)
As part of Principle no. 1, Jesus’ prayer in John 17 is an amazing example of how a parent can pray for and release their children to God.
Here Jesus prays to His Father specifically that His children would be one with God just has Jesus and the Father are one and as a result united together.
In an age of individualism and me first, being united and committed seems a thing of the past. Jesus loved His relationship with the Father and wanted His children to enjoy the same thing. Jesus and the Father were of one mind and intimately connected no matter where Jesus was and what He was doing.
This is what we want our kids to enjoy too. No matter what tight spot they may be in at the moment, God is there with them, leading, strengthening, encouraging, and consoling.
And that same unity is what Jesus wanted for them to have with each other.
Let’s prayerfully daily release our children into God’s hands that they may be united with Him and with one another.
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