First Lesson in Prayer: Having the Heart of God
John 14: 1-6
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"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know."
Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?"
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
This is one of the last sermons of Jesus Christ, and the atmosphere is really heavy. He really knows the heart of disciples. They are worried about the future.
"Do not let your hearts be troubled.." He meant, I will go and prepare a room for you. I will die but that is a preparation for you. Death is not just death. Death is for you, for all of you, for those who follow Jesus Christ.
He tried to comfort his disciples and give them conviction of a bright future. After you die, you will go to heaven.
How can we know the way?
"I am the way, the truth, and the life..." Jesus Christ said, I am myself the way. His teaching, his life, everything shows the way, how to life, how to go.
His life, his teaching, his Word, his everything indicates the truth, the way to life, the way of life, salvation, and a fruitful life.
And he boldly says, no one comes to Father, except through me, because God gave all the authority all the way, all the permission of heaven to the Son of God, to Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ lived according to the truth.
A famous Chinese scholar said, "if I know the truth, it is okay if I die, because he really wanted to know the truth. If we know the unchanging truth in the world, then it is worthy of giving our all, our everything to the truth."
Jesus Christ said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." We pray knowing this image. We pray thinking of the life of Jesus Christ. We need to resemble, we need to find a model in Jesus Christ, not in other people. Because He was the Son of God, and was the complete revelation of God. He showed real love, true love, which is God's love.
When we pray for all nations, so many people, we want to do great things when we live. First thing is we need to think of Jesus Christ, how he lived and how he loved people and God. How he sacrificed himself, and how he lowered himself, how he emptied, laid down his everything. When we know this life, we can go well based on the Biblical way, the Biblical truth.
Most Biblical life is resembling the life of Jesus Christ.
First, we need to have a great heart, great love. The problem of this world is they cannot love, they feel so lonely, they feel they are not loved by other people. They are empty, really hungry for true love.
There is a tendency in our heart, we want to be loved by someone, we want to receive care, interaction and interest from other people. Love is give and receive heart from other people.
We know the sad history of this world that God wanted the relationship of love, and had this great plan and hope to spread his love among all the peoples. If we know his heart, we can love this world, just as Jesus Christ loved this world and prayed for many people. This is God's heart.