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What Did Jesus Pray About? (Part 6)

The Lord Jesus was a man of prayer.  The Son of God, the Second Member of the Trinity, needed to pray!  He became fully human and humans need to pray!  Some of His prayers were for the benefit of others.  Just before He raised His friend Lazarus from the dead, we read, 41 “So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” (Jn. 11).  Allowing others to eavesdrop on His pray was important to the Lord Jesus — it was so “they may believe that you sent me.”

Here in John 17, Jesus is alone with His Father.  And His prayer is rich and personal.  But His requests are for His disciples.  Let’s notice this section one more time —

6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

What does He pray for concerning His disciples?  First of all, He gives thanks that His followers have obeyed God’s Word and have accepted the words Jesus gave them (vv. 6-7).  Second, they believed that the Father sent the Son (v. 8).  Third, Jesus states that “glory has come to me through them” (v. 10).  Wow.  Embarrassment, certainly.  But glory?  Fourth, He prays for His disciples who will remain in the world and continue His work (v. 11).  We will look a bit at the believer in the world in our next post.  Today?  Bring glory to the Lord Jesus!  (to be continued)

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2017 in prayer

 

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What Did Jesus Pray About? (Part 5)

Let’s continue looking at Jesus’ high priestly prayer in John 17.  We now read the following:

“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

There is so much in the Lord’s prayer here, isn’t there?  Several truths jump out at me as I think about the words He prayed.  Notice, first of all, that we are the Father’s gift to the Son (v. 6).  The Father “gave” the disciples (and us) out of the world.  Jesus sees us as a GIFT of the Father to Himself.  Second, notice the astounding statement Jesus makes about His disciples:  “and they have obeyed your word” (v. 6).  When?  Where?  When I read the gospels I see complaining, unbelief, dissension, lack of trusting Him to provide for them.  But He saw their hearts.

Please notice, lastly this morning, the undeniable connection between the Father and the Son (vv. 6-8).  Jesus often emphasized His relationship with the Father.  He spoke the Father’s words.  He was doing the Father’s work.  Everything He had came from the Father.  It was the Father who sent Him to the earth.  The unique unity between the Father and the Son was often highlighted by the Lord Jesus, to such a degree that it got Him executed!

A prayer for today:  “Lord Jesus, I praise You for Who You are.  For Your relationship with the Father.  For Your willingness to obey His Word.  Help me today to live as the Father’s gift to You.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.”  (to be continued)

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2017 in prayer

 

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What Did Jesus Pray About? (Part 4)

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)

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2017 in prayer

 

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What Did Jesus Pray About? (Part 3)

We are examining Jesus’ high priestly prayer in John 17 over the next few posts, asking what prayer meant to Him. Let’s continue our thinking on the first few verses.  We saw that prayer prepared the Lord Jesus for His “hour.”

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.

Jesus then focuses on the issue of glory.  He asks that the Father “glorify” the Son.  There is a mutual glorifying that Jesus desires.  He states that He had brought the Father glory on earth by finishing the work the Father gave Him to do.  But, wait.  The work of atonement was just beginning, right?

What was the work the Father gave Him to do that He says He had “finished”?  He had lived out the perfect human life, resisting the temptations of the Evil One, and revealing the Father to His disciples.  He had faithfully taught the truth, healed the sick, and even raised the dead.  These “works” were important, but were signs leading up to His great work, giving Himself for the sins of the world.

We are to be like our Lord.  We are to “finish” the work He has given us to do.  What work has He assigned to you?  Of course, there is always more work to do.  But take the time in prayer and thank the Lord for the work He has empowered you to finish.  (to be continued)

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2017 in prayer

 

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What Did Jesus Pray about? (Part 2)

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)

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2017 in John 17

 

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What Did the Lord Jesus Pray About? (Part 1)

Okay.  Okay. I’ll admit it. Prayer has got to be one of the hardest spiritual habits for me.  We want to examine Jesus’ high priestly prayer in John 17 over the next few posts, asking what prayer meant to Him.  Here’s our major text.  Please read over John 17.  Feel free to enter a comment below, pointing out something that strikes you from this passage:  (to be continued)

After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2017 in prayer

 

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STUCK! Ten Areas That Will Bury You as a Believer and How to Dig Your Way Out! (Area #4- The Saints!) (con’t)

The SAINTS can sometimes bog down the believer in Jesus!  It’s true!  Jesus-followers can get discouraged, distracted, or demoralized by fellow believers in Jesus!

These ten topics (which we are preaching at Crossroads Fellowship Church; website: crossroadschurchinaugusta.com) might help us come to grips with the issues that often slow down our sanctification process.  By “saints” the Bible means every believer (not some special category of Christian determined by church authorities).

The text we have chosen to focus our attention on the saints is Acts 2:42 which reads:

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

We’ve noticed the devotion of these first-century believers.  Now let’s see what unified them.  They were thoroughly committed to four specific areas of truth:  THE APOSTLES’ TEACHING, THE FELLOWSHIP, THE BREAKING OF BREAD, AND THE PRAYERS.  Each of those four areas uses the definite article in Greek.  That’s why I used the word “the” before each one.

These early believers cared about DOCTRINE, TOGETHERNESS, WORSHIP, AND COMMUNICATING WITH THE LORD!  If we focused on these for priorities in the local church, don’t you agree that many of our conflicts, squabbles, and spats would vanish?

On the issue of DOCTRINE, what truths about God and the things of God ought to unite believers in Jesus? (I can think of dozens).

On the issue of TOGETHERNESS, what specific steps do we take to spend time with one another?

On the issue of WORSHIP, do we strive to unite our hearts as we praise the Lord together?

On the issue of PRAYER, how might we become much more serious in lifting up one another’s needs?

If fellow-Christians have got you down, my friend, forgive them, pray for them, and take specific steps to concentrate on the four priorities that ought to unite all Jesus-followers!

 

 


 
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Posted by on September 22, 2017 in christian growth

 

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