Prayers & Meditations Inspired by the Gospel of John
In February our college ministry started studying the Gospel of John. And in three short months, we’re only three chapters in and my heart is being ravished by the picture of who Christ is. I so look forward to my morning times of nibbling on the feast of God’s Word, every day seeing a new aspect of Christ that God reveals to me. From that time have come a few prayers and meditations prompted by my studies. Though I am not the expert student of God’s Word, He is still gracious to show me who He is … and that can only prompt love and worship to the Author of Light and Life.
From Chapter 1…
“He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him.”
He stepped into a messy & confused world –
and brought clarity and meaning.
He willingly chose to be rejected by men
so that souls could be saved.
God the limitless endured
the limitations of man
so that man would understand
His limitless grace.
“Yet to all who received him … He gave the right to become children of God.”
God, you are an intimate God.
The author of relationship and love.
You delight in having Your children know You
and experience the fullness of who You are.
Therefore You spared no expense
in revealing Yourself to a world stumbling in darkness.
You took us – ignorant, deceived, self-absorbed children –
and You made us into Your sons & daughters.
What a gift. What awe this should inspire in our hearts.
Help me to worship You more fervently because of who You are.
“We have found the Messiah.”
Lord Jesus, help me to have a fire lit in my soul about who You are so that I can’t help but tell others about You (like Andrew & Philip). I pray that I would be an effective witness – one who speaks of the marvels and wonders You’ve done in my life in a compelling way so that others would be drawn to You. Guide my priorities so that sharing You always comes first. Let me not make other things an idol, pushing Your work to second place. May Kingdom work be of utmost importance – let there be an urgency to what I do so that You may be supremely put on display.
From Chapter 2…
Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water.'”
Papa, sometimes Your commands are unexpected and Your timing not always like ours. Yet what You do in the end is far better than anything we could ever have expected. And this is how You reveal Your glory to us – by overthrowing our expectations and drawing us back to You. Forgive my skeptical heart and my eagerness to trust myself and my logic instead of You, my all-wise, all-knowing, all-loving Father.
“How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!”
Father, today may I remember to revere You and have a high view of You. I am dust, but You are the Author of Life and I need to be in awe and worship of that. I need to submit my emotions and my irritability and my discontent to the One who is perfect and holy and worthy to be praised. You have been faithful to awaken my passions for You in the past; help me to trust that You’ll do so again today. You are the infinite One; I am the finite one. May I have an eternal perspective today on my work and my responsibility as a teacher. You’ve designed me for a mission of love – may I be faithful to carry it out today.
From Chapter 3…
“‘How can this be?’ Nicodemus asked.”
Heavenly Father, too often I feel like Nicodemus – asking “How can this be?” – trying to figure things out from my limited perspective. I think it’s impossible, but You are the One who makes all things possible. You illuminate my darkness with Your truth and interrupt my discouragement with hope. Lord, only You can release me from the snare of my own longings, desires, and fears, like Psalm 25 says. You have power over my weaknesses, and You delight to reveal that to me every day. Help my eyes stay fixed on You no matter how dark the pathway might seem to become. You are still the Light of the World, even when the darkness hems me in all around.
Jesus answered, ‘I tell you the truth …'”
Thank You, Father, that You are a Teacher – You delight in unfolding truths about Yourself that are difficult to understand, and You guide us into a deeper understanding of who You are. You don’t leave us on our own to figure things out – You are there to guide and train and lovingly explain when our hearts are stubborn and fixated on our own personal way of doing things.
“‘He must become greater; I must become less.'”
John responded to his disciples that “a person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given to him from heaven.” All of our lives, but especially our vocation and our ministry are a gift from God. He sovereignly orchestrates our circumstances and opportunities so that we can serve Him more fully. The question is – am I viewing them as from the hand of God? Or am I trying to take credit for them? Am I being grateful for these opportunities or am I complaining about them?
Lord, may my humility increase as I look to You for the glory. May I not be a glory thief and try to take the credit for what You are doing. Forgive my arrogance and pride and may my focus solely return to You, the Author and Perfecter of my faith.
From Chapter 4…
“Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed the water I give Him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.'”
Father, we all have thirsts within us that we think will never be quenched. But You are the Living Water – You fill up our empty and dry places; You water our barren ground so that new life may spring up; and You make a desert into a fertile, blooming valley. Am I doubting Your ability to do that today? Am I looking to things of this world as my thirst-quenchers instead of trusting You? I pray that today I wouldn’t run after the cheap, temporary fixes of the world. I pray that I would immerse myself deep in Your rivers of living water so that my soul is satisfied to the utmost.
“Then Jesus declared, ‘I who speak to you am he.'”
Father God, You sacrificed all to prove that You know and love us intimately. You came to Earth as a man to look deep into the eyes of men and women who desperately needed hope and You answered their longing – with Yourself. You brought truth into lies and confusion. You brought illumination into dark places. You brought draughts of refreshment to parched souls. You looked past all our defenses and excuses and hard hearts and You brought us what we really needed – freedom, healing, and redemption. What. a. gift. Lord, I am humbled that You chose me as a recipient. May I live my life in light of that gift today, and shine Your light to all I come into contact with. I worship You.
The Light Shines in the Darkness
Prayers & Meditations Inspired by the Gospel of John