I was in dialogue with Dr. White regarding his comments about my treatment of Jesus’ High Priestly prayer (John 17) in JESUS SON OF GOD, Book Three, A Study of Passion Week. The book is scheduled for release in the late spring. I shared some personal thoughts with him about how Chapter 17 came to be written. When he wrote me back, I excerpted the following out of his e-mail and gave it a title. I also asked and received his permission to share it.
Pastor Frank G. Tunstall, Contributing writer for Hugh's News.
By Ron White, Ed. D., President of Emmanuel College
“Jesus gave his example. Before He selected His disciples, He prayed first on the mountain. Before releasing His disciples to the challenges of His betrayal and crucifixion as Passion Week came to an end, He prayed first with His High Priestly prayer. Before enduring the crucifixion, He prayed first in the Garden. Contrast that with how we often pray last, after the decisions are made, after the discussion and debate, praying for God to bless our plan. This is better than not praying at all, but not nearly as good as praying first and asking Him to guide our discussing, debating, and planning.
“I guess I'm preaching now, but in the crucible where I live, prayer is what sustains me, both my prayers and the intercession of others for me and for Emmanuel College. Without these prayers, there would have been a tragic ending to the College. With these prayers, we have been sustained and guided by the Lord to survive, and, I believe, to thrive in the very near future.
“Hope to see you and Lu at General Conference.”
Dr. White has a daily prayer blog and invites you to join him at PrayForEmmanuel.blogspot.com