“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).
Jesus’ prayer in John 17 is a great gift to each of us. It shows us what is on His heart and gives us guidance for our own prayer lives. Jesus knew how encouraged we would be by this prayer. He expressed the importance of verbalizing His petition in the hearing of the disciples: “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy” (John 17:13).
Two thousand years later, the words of Jesus’ prayer come alive for us and fill us with joy. Jesus, who always lives to intercede for us (Hebrews 7:25), prayed in accordance with the will of His Father for our lives today, tomorrow and into eternity. How encouraging to know that through the power of the Holy Spirit we can join with Jesus the King in the ministry of prayer!
–Taken from Pray Like the King (Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings) by David and Kim Butts. Click on the blue title to get more information about this resource.
Lord Jesus, You have shown me what is on Your heart through Your Word, and it is an exciting privilege to join you in the ministry of intercession. Please give me wisdom so that I am able to continually pray Your perfect will into the lives and situations of others.
Praise God, who teaches you to pray “not as I will, but as you will” (Mt. 26:39). Thank God for his counsel as you set the Lord always before you, thus keeping you from being shaken in any circumstance (Ps. 16:7-8). Confess your struggle with God’s will when you are tempted to fail him as you see the world prospering (Ps. 73:1-22). Commit yourself to God anew today, knowing he holds you with his right hand, guides and counsels you, and will take you to glory (73:23-28). Ask the Lord for the assurance that whenever you come to him, he will never drive you away (Jn. 6:37).
Pray that God’s kingdom will be advanced by your willingness to do whatever God may require of you and to do it joyfully (Acts 21:13-14).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).