Jesus’ high priestly prayer in John 17 merits serious attention by the believer. Let’s ask what prayer meant to Him. What does His prayer say about His relationship to the Father? His relationship to us? Here’s the section of that prayer we want to focus on one more time.
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 Lord Jesus makes some astounding claims in these verses. He claims a unique relationship with the Father, a claim that led to His execution. He claims to have been given the authority to give eternal life to all that the Father has given Him! And He asks that His pre-creation glory be restored! Isaiah 42:8 says that Jehovah would not share His glory with another. Here we learn that Jesus shared the Father’s glory. The only conclusion possible is that Jesus is God the Son!
This is the One who is praying. And if He, the very Son of God, needed to pray this way, how much more do we need to prostrate ourselves before the Lord? For today. And today’s challenges. (to be continued)