John 5: 24 A Prayer for Today

Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life.
Reference: John 5: 24

Lord Jesus, I pray that everyone on the Earth will hear of your good news. Your life, Your death, and Your resurrection is the Gospel message that I celebrate. I pray that everyone will believe you and have eternal life. I pray that each of us will fully submit to your teachings and know that your voice is completely trustworthy. I pray that a flame of repentance will flash around the world and transform selfishness into total dependence on our Father in Heaven. I pray that your Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth. Amen.

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Choosing life

Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. (John 5: 24)

Jesus is answering the religious leaders who criticize him for calling God his Father, and doing what he liked on the Sabbath, as if he had godlike rights over the sabbath. Really, the whole dialog (John 5:16-45) is worth reading.

Essentially, Jesus makes strong claims that he and God are working together to bring eternal life to any who are willing to listen and believe. It’s criminal that this (and other passages from John’s gospel) have been used to persecute Jews, for the passage is meant to bring life, not death; light, not darkness; a gospel word, not curses.

For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.” Jesus, please choose life for me, my family, our neighborhood and city; our nation and world.  Help us to hear and believe.