April 29/John 17

I believe when you listen to a man pray you find out what is important to him. I never got up early enough to eves drop on my father when he prayed. However a man told me that in 1973 my father came to his home and asked if he could spend a week in the lower level of his home because he had a son that wasn’t living for Jesus and he wanted to spend the week fasting and praying for his son to come back to Jesus. I was that son. The man, Don Frankhauser said after five days my father came upstairs and said, “God just told me that he answered my prayer.” In November of 1973 I came back to Jesus. After I heard that story I knew that I was important to my dad! I also gained a great appreciation for prayer. I realized that you can touch the heart of God through prayer.

In this chapter we get to eves drop on Jesus as he prays. As you listen to his prayer you begin to understand what was important to Jesus. If you understand what is important to Jesus, as his follower you can begin to make those things important to yourself.

Lets begin with his Father. It was very important to Jesus to honor his father, communicate with his father, obey his father even though it would cause him excruciating pain and death, model a perfect picture of his father for his disciples, give his father’s word to his disciples, give his father’s love to his disciples, protect the disciples his father had given him, and he couldn’t wait to get back to heaven to be with his father.

Yes his father was very important to Jesus. Is God your Father important to you?

His disciples. They were so important to Jesus that he gave them eternal life, which is more than length of time, it is a relationship with Jesus and the Father! He gave them truth to live by. He gave them power to endure to the end. He revealed to them that he was from God and that he was the one they should believe in. He protected them from the enemy. He gave them the love of the Father so they would live in unity and harmony. He prayed that they would be made holy by the truth of his word. He prayed that there would be a oneness of heart and purpose in his disciples as evidence to people in the world that the Father had truly sent Jesus and Jesus is God! He prayed that they would know that the Father loved them as much as he loved Jesus!

His Word. It was very important to Jesus to get his message to people. His word made the disciples holy. As they began to know the word and follow it their lives began to journey of holiness or sanctification > the process of becoming more and more like Jesus. The word or the very breath of God along with the blood of Jesus washes us clean from the filth of this world. Oh my Hilltop people we must stay in the word and the word must stay in us.

Psalm 119:11 (NLT) — 11 I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

2 Timothy 3:16–17 (NLT) — 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

Hebrews 4:12 (NLT) — 12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

Ephesians 5:26 (NLT) — 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.

Verse 20 > Us his followers today. Yes Jesus was praying for us Hilltop! We are important to Jesus! We are the ones who believed the message of those early disciples. We have believed in Jesus and have eternal life. You have believed right? What ever he did for those disciples he will do for us. What ever he prayed for them he is praying for us. Go back and read the list above about His Disciples. People were very important to Jesus especially his followers. Are people important to you? Are his followers important to you? Are they important enough to pray for?

Thank you Jesus for letting us eves drop in on your prayer. Draw us into that wonderful experience of praying. Help us to appreciate the Father as you do and help us to pray for others as you do. Help us Holy Spirit as we pray.

You know Jesus today because he prayed for you!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    This chapter is important as a basis for any multidenominational activity. Jesus prayed that all his followers will be in unity. We all have the same God and are all part of the same spiritual family. The biggest impediment that the church faces is disunity. Instead of all being God’s children we are Lutherans or Methodists or Baptists or Catholics, etc. This breaks the heart of the Father and the Son. As the Apostle’s creed states there are certain truths that we believe and they should unify us. So our job is to keep working on unity. As is says in the epistles we are not the same but we are all united in the body of Christ.