Daily Reflection
May 26th, 2001
Eden Foord
Campus Ministry
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Acts 18:23-28
Psalms 47:2-3, 8-9, 10
John 16:23-28

Todayís reading from Johnís gospel is part of Jesusí Last Supper Discourses.  In these discourses Jesus attempts to prepare his disciples for the coming events and make clear his role in strengthening the relationship between God and all people.

In this passage the disciples are instructed to petition God in the name of Jesus.  Reflecting on my prayer times revealed that I often pray in the name of Jesus.  I wonder if this practice originated with the Last Supper Discourses?  More questions arise when reflecting on this passage in light of modern times.

In some respects, our culture is moving toward accepting religious diversity.  Itís long overdue in my opinion, but this movement also raises many questions and it challenges people to step out of their comfort zones.  A simple example about praying, from todayís gospel reading, raises questions in light of religious acceptance.  When praying with Jewish and Muslim persons who address a common God, as do Christians, are their prayers less in some way because they do not pray in the name of Jesus?  Will Christians offend people from other religions if they do pray in the name of Jesus?  Will people from different religions ever feel comfortable, nurtured, and connected to God more closely by praying together?  Many more questions come to mind as we move toward building common experiences while interacting with God.  The answers may reveal themselves as we dialogue with and embrace each other as friends in God.

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