‘“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied.’ Acts 9.5
When Saul set out to persecute the church he really had no idea what he was doing. Perhaps he even thought he was on a divine mission! In these seven words spoken by Jesus, we are given a totally different view of Saul’s activity – he was actually persecuting Jesus himself.
These words also give us some indication of just how seriously Jesus views us; if we are being persecuted, so is he – and if we are being hurt, so is he. When we go through hard times it’s easy to wonder if God really knows what’s going on with us and whether he even cares. However, these words that Jesus spoke to Saul reveal something of the depth of his feeling: he does care and he does know.
At the very beginning of our prayer times, if we are able to catch just how precious we are to the one who is listening to us, and the deep care with which he holds us, then our attitude may well be quite different. As you sit down with God, hold on to this thought and let it shape the way you pray.