3 Nephi 17: 11 – 17

Verse 11: And it came to pass that He commanded that their little children should be brought.

Verse 12: So they brought their little children and set them down upon the ground round about Him, and Jesus stood in the midst; and the multitude gave way till they had all been brought unto Him.

Verse 13: And it came to pass that when they had all been brought, and Jesus stood in the midst, He commanded the multitude that they should kneel down upon the ground.

Verse 14: And it came to pass that when they had knelt upon the ground, Jesus groaned within himself, and said: Father, I am troubled because of the wickedness of the people of the house of Israel.

Verse 15: And when He had said these words, He himself also knelt upon the earth; and behold He prayed unto the Father, and the things which He prayed cannot be written, and the multitude did bear record who heard Him.

Verse 16: And after this manner do they bear record: The eye hath never seen, neither hath the ear heard, before, so great and marvelous things as we saw and heard Jesus speak unto the Father;

Verse 17: And no tongue can speak, neither can there be written by any man, neither can the hearts of men conceive so great and marvelous things as we both saw and heard Jesus speak; and no one can conceive of the joy which filled our souls at the time we heard him pray for us unto the Father.

            This scene seems beautiful to me, I enjoy imagining parents bringing their little ones. Having experienced days of destruction previously, this experience with Jesus praying for them must have wiped away a lot of terror that these children and their families had experienced.

            Jesus was concerned at the choices His covenant people had made. His prayer for the future of these children and their descendants was so beautiful it could not be written but filled those who heard it with joy. Surely the love they felt as Jesus talked to Heavenly Father about them gave them greater understanding of God’s work and glory for them.

            His greatness and power touched their hearts as they saw first hand His relationship to God. As His words opened an eternal view to their minds and hearts, surely hope and faith and love increased within them. The precious worth of each individual must have been borne out in His words. Surely none could have doubted that His sacrifice was completed out of love for each one.

            I imagine that Jesus continues to talk to Heavenly Father in our day about us on the earth today. His love is as great for each one of us as it was for the House of Israel whom He visited. Time does not change His concern for His little ones nor their families. His sacrifice includes all people. Will we allow His love and prayers to enter our hearts and change our behavior? Will we kneel at His feet in our lives and worship Him who cares so much about us?

            May we each be open to hear His words and feel His love.


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