Summary: The Prayer of Jesus (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reading: John chapter 17 verses 1-19
• One night a father heard his young daughter speaking,
• Although she was alone in her room.
• The door was open just enough;
• That he could see that she was kneeling beside her bed in prayer.
• Interested to find out what subjects a child would bring before God,
• He paused outside her door and listened.
• After tuning in to her speech he was puzzled to hear her reciting the alphabet:
• "A, B, C, D, E, F, G …" She just kept repeating it.
• He didn’t want to interrupt her,
• But soon curiosity got the best of him and he broke into prayer,
• "Honey," he asked, "what are you doing?"
• "I’m praying, Daddy," she replied.
• "Well, why are you praying the alphabet?" he asked.
• She explained,
"I started my prayers, but I wasn’t sure what to pray.
So I decided to just say all the letters of the alphabet and let God put them together however he thinks best."
Unlike that little girls prayer:
• This high priestly prayer of Jesus:
• Reveals the heart of someone who knows exactly what he wants to say.
Quote: The great British Baptist preacher, Charles Haddon Spurgeon;
"Some brethren pray by the yard; but true prayer is measured by weight, and not by length."
• The greatest prayer ever prayed is recorded in John 17,
• You can read it out loud in about six minutes.
Quote: Allesley Park;
“The longest prayer in the Bible is Solomon’s, it is 1,050 words in the King James Version, it can be reading ? minutes - Behold one greater than Solomon!”
• I would suggest long prayers should be for private;
• Short prayers for public gatherings.
This evening we are looking at the Lords prayer:
• I am referring to the one recorded here in John chapter 17.
• The other prayer often called the ‘Lord’s prayer’ is really mis-titled.
• The most well known prayer (piece of the Bible) which starts ‘Our Father’;
• Should really be called the disciples prayer, for they said, “Lord, teach s to pray”.
• And Jesus could never pray it himself;
• Because of the line; “Forgive us our trespasses”.
• Because he never trespassed the law of God and sinned!
So here in John chapter 17 we see Jesus praying ALONE to his Father;
• His disciples were not invited to unite with him in it;
• As we will see, it will be a prayer that they could not pray for themselves.
• It really is the greatest prayer ever prayed!
• There is not much length, but there is certainly a great deal of depth and weight!
• Quote: According to Dr. Herbert Lockyer, Sr.,
• There are 650 definite prayers recorded in the Bible;
• But not one of them can match our Lord’s "High Priestly Prayer" in John 17;
• Nor I would add, can any prayer recorded outside the Bible.
THE PRAYER MAY BE OUTLINED AS FOLLOWS:
(a). Jesus prayed for himself (verses 1-5):
• The gospels tell us that Jesus frequently prayed;
• But they hardly ever tell us what he prayed or how he prayed.
• This prayer gives us a glorious insight into the heart of Jesus.
“After Jesus said this, he looked towards heaven and prayed:
Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.