The Prayer of Jesus

These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:  As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

John 17:1-3

John chapter 17 is a prayer that Jesus prays to God the Father.  We will spend a few days looking at some of the things for which He prayed.

The first three verses let us know that Jesus knows that His “hour is come.”  He knew that He was soon going to be betrayed and crucified.  He knew what He was facing and He prayed.  That is an important lesson for us right at the beginning.  Jesus knew what was coming and prayed.  We usually don’t have any idea what is coming.  How much more do we need prayer?

The next thing He asks is that the Father “glorify the Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee.”  He asked the Father to glorify Him, but not for His own sake.  He asked that the Father glorify Him so that He could, in turn, glorify the Father.  That is something that is important for us to remember.  Everything we do should ultimately be about glorifying the Lord.  Living with that in mind will help us to “take the high road” in questionable matters.  If we will truly seek for the things that “glorify the Father,” we will be much better Christians.

We end these three verses seeing that, even in His prayer, the Lord Jesus gives us the way to eternal life: “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true od, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.  Know Him and glorify Him.  That is the purpose of our lives.

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