Jesus’ prayer

 

Jesus’ prayer in John 17 presents, extremely well, what my life in the Trinity is supposed to be like. It allows me to understand better the relationship the Trinity has with one another – they do not care anything about their status. There’s no subordination in the Trinity because the members of the Trinity will not put up with it – simply will not have it.

As I look at Jesus as the ultimate of disciple makers, I can draw a conclusion from this prayer of what my relationship looks like between a disciple and disciple maker, what characterizes the heart of a disciple maker and what my ultimate purpose is as a disciple maker. I believe they are all found in one verse.

 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. – John 17:4  ESV

What I am glad to hear in His prayer is that He prays for me to keep my faith firm.

And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. – John 17:11  ESV

By that I mean – “keep them in your name” or “keep them in loyalty to You” or “keep them in full adherence to Your character.”

Why? Because I am supposed to be different than the world. So many times in His prayer Jesus outlined the differences between disciples of Jesus and the people of the world.

This prayer has so much – even the great commission shows up here.

As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.  – John 17:18  ESV

As a disciple of Jesus, I am on mission. It means in the broadest sense possible that I am a missionary. I am envisioned and empowered to step into this world (not of it, but sent into it) as His witness.

Here are some things I did and questions I asked as I looked at this prayer:

  • Marked the words – disciple
  • Where was Jesus going and where will the disciples be?
  • How did Jesus get His disciples?
  • What does Jesus pray for His disciples and list them?
  • What did I learn about the world and what is my relationship, as a disciple, to the world?
  • If “sanctify” means to be separated from profane things and dedicate myself to God – what will sanctify me from the world?
  • At the end of the prayer, what does Jesus state that He has and will do for His disciple?

 

 

 

 

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Intercede

 

Kirk Franklin “Intercession”

 

Reading in Exodus today and there are so many different takeaways on what God is calling me to be as a disciple-maker.  Here are three and they all have to do with interceding.

  1. Disciple-makers are to intercede, even when individuals have not acted in a worthy manner.
  2. I intercede on the basis of God’s promises. Therefore,  must know the Word. I must know intimately the promises of God.
  3. I intercede on the basis of my personal relationship with God, forged in prayer.  There is no substitute for getting to know God in prayer, so that He is a personal friend.

I am to develop a “face-to-face” relationship with God in prayer, an intimacy. Only as I become intimately acquainted with God and His ways can I do my job as a disciple-maker, especially when there is a crisis.

But Moses implored the Lord his God and said, “O Lord, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?  Why should the Egyptians say, ‘With evil intent did he bring them out, to kill them in the mountains and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your burning anger and relent from this disaster against your  people.  Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to whom you swore by your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your offspring, and they shall inherit it forever.’” 

The next day Moses said to the people, “You have sinned a great sin. And now I will go up to the Lord; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.”  So Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Alas, this people has sinned a great sin. They have made for themselves gods of gold. But now, if you will forgive their sin—but if not, please blot me out of your book that you have written.”  But the Lord said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me, I will blot out of my book.  But now go, lead the people to the place about which I have spoken to you; behold, my angel shall go before you. Nevertheless, in the day when I visit, I will visit their sin upon them.”

 Then the Lord sent a plague on the people, because they made the calf, the one that Aaron made.

Moses said to the Lord, “See, you say to me, ‘Bring up this people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.”  And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”  And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?”

 And the Lord said to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.” – Exodus 32:11-13, 30-35; 33:12-17  ESV

To intercede effectively before God, I believe I need to know both His character and His promises.

As a bit of a side note, is it not true that there are two events going on at the same time while we are living here on this earth? There is the mountain top experience and there is a valley experience all happening at the same time.  There is popular rabble, connivance of those in spiritual leadership and unfortunately those who are stuck in celebrating traditions. At the same time, on the mountain, there is light, and salvation, and God revealing something new and mysterious and He is ready to manifest that in the voice and life of a spokesperson for Him – a prophet if you will.  It probably will come as a voice calling for repentance and it will be a voice offering deliverance.

If this is true, Jesus coming has put those two worlds together. He came to live among us, suffer with us and die for us but He lives in us through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

Thank you Lord for the power of the Holy Spirit as shared with us by Luke in Acts 2.  Amazing how much King David was quoted from in Acts from Psalm 16 in reference to Christ’s death and resurrection.

To intercede well, my prayer needs to be – Holy Spirit fill me today so I continue in prayer interceding for others.

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