Okay, all you prayer warriors out there! If you’re at all like me, your prayer life needs some serious work! We want to examine Jesus’ high priestly prayer in John 17 over the next few posts, asking what prayer meant to Him. Let’s look at the first few verses here in our text:
After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
The daily, active spiritual life of the Lord Jesus is an incredible study! As the Second Person of the Trinity, He became fully human without giving up His deity. Yet He maintained a spiritual walk with the Father through times of prayer. Often alone.
Alone with God. That’s one practice that is difficult for many believers. Just spending some quiet time alone with the Lord. Jesus models that for us. Away from ministry. Away from people. How’s your alone time?
For the Lord Jesus, prayer prepared Him for His “hour.” “The hour has come,” He says. Now, this, of course, is where we are not like the Lord. We don’t need the Father’s strength for the same work that awaited Jesus, the work of atonement. But, how much more do we need the Father’s strength and enabling for the much smaller tasks that lie before us?
What lies before you today? A grouchy boss? An unbelieving spouse? Rebellious children? Bills unpaid? Nagging health issues? Go to the Father. Spend time alone with Him. (to be continued)