Monday, September 7, 2015

The Other Lord's Prayer

 The Lord's intimate prayer at the end.

Setting:  have left upper room - on way to Gethsemane.  Judas already gone.
John 17:1 - not yet in Gethsemane possibly on the way, possibly in the temple courtyard.

Jesus prays for:

I.  Himself - that he continue to glorify the Father
"Glorify"= manifest, reveal, display, make known - deeper, more profound - John 1:18

On one hand He has glorified the Father
However, has the cross ahead!! - will He continue to glorify?
The cross tells us something about our God that couldn't be told anyplace else.

II.  His Disciples --left behind - with a task ahead!!! - about to face real trauma themselves
John 16:33
He prays for their:
    1)  protection - "from the evil one" - (not for physical protection, but spiritual protection)
          So not led astray, don't fall away as did Judas
    2)  Sanctification  which = to be SET APART, therefore, to Stand Apart.  - 1 Pet. 2:9
        Example:  temple utensils - holy unto the Lord
    3)  Unity - doesn't mean all be the same, means all pull together.  Example:  hitch of horses in a horse pull

III. Us (John 17:20)  What He prays for them, then, applies to us, NOW!!

John 17:1-26

This prayer for the disciples exactly same as disciples today need.  Vs. 3 = definition of eternal life

This prayer is partly answered and fulfilled if you are a Christian.
      You are protected  (John 10:28) = Satan can't get you beyond what God allows
      You are sanctified (1 Cor. 1:2)
      You are united, as a family  (Eph. 4:4-5) - co-heirs with Christ

BUT, on a day to day basis (Christian walk, practice, lifestyle) THIS PRAYER....AWAITS YOUR ANSWER!!!  (decisions, choices) - We have to respond to his prayer for our life.

We are called to:  Avoid temptation, flee temptation, resist the Devil. (day to day we are still susceptible to the devil)
1 Tim. 6:11   1 Pet. 5:8-9  - OUR choices, OUR decisions

BE holy, STAND apart - (especially in time of Pressure to BLEND IN!!!)

"make every effort ...."  Eph. 4:2-3

#1.  IF this is His Prayer for us, it is also His WILL for us.  (desire)

#2.  IF it is His Will for us, it is also good for us.  (beneficial)

#3. IF it is good for us, it is also good for others.  (minister to, reach)

Jesus prayed for you - John 17:20
He continues to do so - Heb. 7:23-25

What is your response to His prayer?  calling?  will?


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