August 2011 - August 2011 | John 17:6-19
Keywords: evil, satan, prayer, fear, world
The whole world is under the control of the evil one, as it says in 1 John 5:19. While this can incite fear, when Jesus was faced with this reality he prayed for protection and we can do the same. Jesus prays for protection for his disciples because he recognizes that the world is a dangerous place, but also that we cannot withdraw from it. There is so simply no place that is safe from the evil one. In addition, God loves the world and wants everyone to be saved, therefore we must continue to engage so we can be agents of renewal for humanity. In the midst of this engagement God has provided us with His word to sanctify us and protect us from the influence of the world.