Today's Bible Readings
     Exodus 38
     Proverbs 14
     John 17
     Philippians 1
            “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me." (John 17:20-21)
            In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave us the pattern prayer as an outline for our praying. John 17 presents to us The Lord’s Prayer. Now, we know with certainty that God the Father answered the prayer of His Son. It may surprise you to know that this could be the explanation for difficulties in your life.
            If you are going through a time of adversity, isolation, or difficulty, read John 17. You will discover that Jesus has prayed that you, “may be one” with the Father as He is. Now that you are a disciple of Jesus Christ, you cannot be as independent as you used to be.
            It is obvious here that God's purpose is not just to answer our prayers, but that through prayer we might come to discern His mind. There is one prayer that God must answer, and that is the prayer of Jesus. He prayed that we would be one with Him.
            It is impossible for us to suffer more than Jesus has suffered. You can be sure, however, that all the things that bring difficulty into your life are allowed by Him for His own purpose. The things we are going through are either making us better and nobler men and women, or they are making us more critical and fault-finding and more determined to have our own way.
            Can you pray with Jesus, “Your will be done?” You can take great comfort today to know that, according to the answered prayer of Jesus that our Father is working according to His own wisdom, accomplishing what is best for us?   What an incredible prayer that we might be one with Him.
            If this is really true, and it is, it must be the desire of our lives to be totally submissive to His plan and purpose.   There must be a willingness within us to surrender our will to Jesus absolutely and irrevocably. My utmost for His highest must be the goal of every child of God. I believe this sums it up -you must be everything to Jesus that He is to the Father! May our prayer today be, ''make me less of what I have been, and more of Jesus, until I am none of self, and all of Christ!''
            This could be one of our most important prayer requests as we encourage you today to take a spiritual prayer walk to the Federal Republic of Germany. This country is the most influential country economically and in business in all of Western Europe. Germany boasts a population of some 85 million people. The next few years indicate a decline in population rather than an increase. German is the official language, but there are a total of 20 languages spoken in this business center of Europe.
We rejoice in the removal of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and the reunification of Germany in 1991. There has been an increased enthusiasm among young people for spiritual things, and so the future for Germany could be much brighter spiritually than it has ever been.
The church is widely perceived as irrelevant and marginalized. The people are completely secular in their thinking. Although 70% of the people claim to be Christian, only 45% believe in a personal God and a mere eight percent worship regularly. There is increased open hostility toward anything Christian. The occult, alcoholism, Satanism, and a New Age world view are on the rise. There is also a disturbing increase of Neo-Nazi extreme rightist movements promoting violence against Jews and foreigners in the former G.D.R.
            The people will have long memories, recognizing what this kind of thing has done to their nation before, and can do again.  Pray that the spiritual blindness of most of the nation will be removed and these trends reversed. Germany needs a change as radical as Luther's Reformation 500 years ago. Ask God for this!
''To strive in prayer means to struggle through those hindrances which would restrain or even prevent us entirely from persevering in prayer. It means to be so watchful at all times that we can notice when we become slothful, and that we go to the Spirit of prayer to have this remedied. In this struggle, too, the decisive factor is the Spirit of prayer." Dr. O. Hallesby