“I am not asking You to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one.”
We live in a sinful world. It is a fact. However, living in a sinful world doesn’t automatically qualify us to live sinfully. Sometimes when we pray, we pray prayers that ask God to remove us from being surrounded by sin or even to remove us from this world completely. Yet when Jesus came to this earth, did He ask for those things? No! Jesus came for the sake of the fallen world. He came directly to live in a sinful world and to surround Himself with sinful people. Yet He was not content in just mingling with ‘sinners’ to enjoy their lifestyles. On the contrary Jesus came to bring life and light into the darkness. He came to make a difference in the world by laying down His life for ‘sinners’. So just like Jesus, we too are in this world to make a difference and to bring life and light into the darkness.
When we pray, let us not ask God to remove us from this sinful world, but rather pray for the strength to withstand the evil one and his fiery arrows. Let’s pray for strength to make a change as we carry our lanterns into the darkness. We are in this world to make Jesus known!!