I am so glad there are people in the body of Christ who are prayer warriors. As I was preparing this devotion I began thinking about the many individuals who are committed to prayer. I am so thankful there are people who are praying for me and my family (even as I write). I am reminded of an elderly woman at a church I worked at and she was hard of hearing. She was one of those ladies that thought she was whispering during the quiet part of a church service but was actually so loud she could be heard throughout the sanctuary. She was a wonderful woman of God. I remember her continually telling me week after week she was praying for me, my ministry and my family (even before I had a family). It seemed without fail that every time I was having some sort of spiritual or ministerial difficulty in my life she would seek me out and tell me, “God has laid you on my heart today and I want to tell you I have been praying for you.” Most of the time she didn’t go into specifics as to what God revealed to her, she just wanted me to know she was praying for me and I really appreciated her.
Prayer should be a vital part of every Christian’s life. Prayer is powerful and as believer’s we need to pray because it is a gift God has given to us to communicate with him. As we look at the life of Jesus He not only tells his disciples they should but he also modeled prayer in his life here on earth.
Today I am focusing on all of John 17 and I want to look at the prayer of Jesus or as it has become known as the High Priestly prayer. This is one of my favorite chapters in the Gospel of John. Here we get a glimpse into the prayer life of Jesus. This is an intimate moment in which John was witness and he in turn shares with us. It is a beautiful prayer and today it is my goal to look at it in a deeper way and see how we as followers of Jesus are direct beneficiaries of this prayer.
The chapter begins with Jesus looking to the heavens and praying to the Father. This is believed to be the common stance for prayer (not the way we do it today with hands folded, heads bowed and eyes closed).
“The hour has come…” is referring to either his death or the resurrection and ascension (glorification).
The Purposes of Jesus’ Prayer
Isn't it wonderful to know we are prayed for? Whenever I am in a spiritual dry spot in my life I am reminded that I am not alone in a Spiritual desert. Jesus is praying for me. There is cause to rejoice in knowing that our Lord and Savior is continually interceding for us. The accuser, Satan, will try all he can to cause division, to steal our joy, cause us to live in fear and doubt. We have to know and believe that we are victorious. Remember last week we see Jesus is the overcomer of the world and thus we are overcomers as well. It is important for us as believers to live in unity, have a joy that cannot be taken away and have confidence (that if you are TRULY a follower of Jesus) in knowing we are secure because the Savior intercedes for us diligently before the Father.
There is great comfort in knowing we are prayed for thus it is imperative that we continue to be people of prayer as well. Jesus didn’t just tell his disciples to pray and not pray himself. Jesus modeled prayer because He wanted us to know the importance of prayer as well. Let us become passionate pray-ers for perfect unity in the body of Christ. Let us learn today that as with anything we cannot just talk about prayer, we must be people of prayer.
Jeff has been in ministry for well over two decades. He currently serves as Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Baptist Southside Campus in Bradenton, Florida.
Jeff Has authored an Advent Devotional (The Advent of Jesus) and a devotional on the book of James (James: Where Faith and Life Meet). Both are available on Amazon.
He is married to Carrie and they have four children, Micaiah, Gabe, Simon, and Berea.
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