Yesterday was Ascension Day, the 40th day after Easter, a day described in Acts 1:1-11, a day anticipated by Jesus' prayer in John 17:1-11. Jesus, wrapped up his "Farewell Discourse" with the disciples by praying on their behalf.
What does it mean to you that Jesus prays on your behalf? It wasn't just those disciples then. Romans 8:34 assures us that Jesus' intercession continues. Jesus is praying for you from the right hand of the Father.
Picture Jesus whispering in the Father's ear for you. Maybe he's praying words like in John 17 or maybe something more specifically related to you, but he's praying. For you.
And his prayer is not just that you'll be forgiven or just that you'll be safe or just that you'll be healthy, although each of those are important prayers for Jesus to offer for us. He's also praying that you'll use the gifts he has equipped you with to fulfill your calling to witness for him. Imagine that. Jesus is praying that you'll do some good for him today (and tomorrow and...).
Meg Jiunnies is going to help you think about what it means to be called and equipped to witness for the ascended Christ this Sunday in the sanctuary. Derrick Cattenhead will be in The Well thinking about Jesus praying for us. Both messages and all 3 services will be opportunities for you to pray, be encouraged in your calling, and praise the God who deserves all thanks and praise.
If you'd like to learn more about Ascension Day from a Wesleyan perspective and a hymn that will be sung in the sanctuary this Sunday, visit: http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/why-ascension-day-matters-to-united-methodists.