As the Father Loves the Son

“I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them” (John 17:26).

This is a prayer request that will change your life! At the close of his great high priestly prayer, Jesus prays to his father on behalf of his disciples: “I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

How much does the Father love the Son? We cannot even begin to imagine, can we? Yet Jesus prayed that the love the Father has for him would be in us. Because this is a biblical prayer, from the very lips of our Lord, we know that it is a prayer according to God’s will. And if we pray according to God’s will, we know that he will answer that prayer.

What a great prayer for us to pray every day of our lives: “Father, I pray that you will help me to love Jesus as you love him, that your love for Jesus may be in me.” Imagine how our love for the Lord will grow as we pray this prayer and as God begins to answer.

 –Adapted from the article Prayer as Intimacy with God by Dave Butts. 

Prayer Points

Praise God as the one who can wash every part of your life clean from the stain of sin. Thank him for offering his only Son as a sacrifice for you (Jn. 3:16). Confess those times when you have listened to Satan’s accusations of guilt even after confessing your sin to God. Commit yourself to receiving God’s forgiveness and acceptance of you with a free and joyful heart. Ask the Lord to help you see yourself through his eyes—clean, holy, and dearly loved (Eph. 1:3-8).

Pray that your love and forgiveness for your critics and opponents will attract them to the same God that you love and serve (Lk. 6:27-29, 35-36).

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend

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