Summary: The power of prayer and Jesus ability to intercede for His children.
The prayer of Jesus
Happy Father’s Day!
This morning we look at Jesus praying what is called the priestly prayer to the Heavenly Father.
We definitely can tie this to a Father’s day message in the fact that Men, we should be leading and praying for those that God has put in our lives.
John 17:1-18 (Bible)
(1) After Jesus said this- (said what?) v33 of chapter 16
“In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Continue reading verses 2-18 from Bible
Jesus prays for Himself
Jesus prays for His disciples
Jesus prays for future believers.
(20) “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message.”
I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I think Jesus is trying to tell us there is benefit in praying!
(1) Jesus looks toward heaven, customary attitude of prayer which Jesus is talking to the Father.
Father used here of God about 120 times in the book of John.
The glory of the Father closely connected by Jesus in a relationship and communication we call prayer.
Jesus expresses and records His words with the Father to tell Him that He has done everything He was asked to do to reveal the Father to the world that He has come to save.
The mission of Christ was not self-centered, it was to reveal the Father, and give humanity an opportunity to have a relationship with God.
This week on Wednesday night we looked at Luke 18 and the persistent widow and an unjust judge.
Parable showing us that if an unjust judge who does not care anything about people would give her justice because of her persistence, how much more does God want to answer prayer with people that He loves.
Were quick to sight acronyms.
P.U.S.H .- Pray until something happens!
F.R.O.G. - Fully relying on God
They are cute and catchy but how many of us are actively in a relationship with God that we are communicating with Him daily and actively seeking direction from Him?
Prayer is the most unused weapon in most Christians arsenal.
It is the last thing instead of the first thing.
It is the words of pity bounced off a spiritual wall in hopes that somehow something would change in our circumstances.
George Barna says that 54% of believers pray daily- out of the 54%, 87% of them actually believe that God answers prayer.
God is not like the unjust judge who is corrupt and is only looking out for himself. God cares about us. God desires to listen with a heart of love and compassion. God desires to respond to us with what is best for us.
God responds………….write them down and remember them.
We take prayer out of school, out of government, out of public buildings, we take him out of commencement speeches, or at best we make Him generic and say don’t pray in Jesus name!
In Jesus name is where the power of prayer is energized.
The world takes Jesus out- tells us that we don’t really have to have a relationship with God, and we wonder why we are experiencing such a traumatic change in culture.