“Since we are his children, we will possess the blessings he keeps for his people, and we will also possess with Christ what God has kept for him; for if we share Christ’s suffering, we will also share his glory” (Romans 8:15-17, GNT).
Jesus’ prayer begins with His personal awareness that God was His Father, and that He was the Messiah, sent from the Father to save the world. That was the heritage of His Hebrew faith. Though we are not the Messiah, by being joined to Him, His inner life is extended to us, in that we participate in His Spirit. His outer life, His mission, is also extended to us inasmuch as we are joined to His life by the Spirit of God.
Jesus began His prayer with God first. He didn’t begin to meditate on the things that needed to be done (though they were legion). He didn’t focus on the needs that had to be met (though they were too numerous to count). He didn’t begin with the trials He faced or the people He offended or blessed. He began with God first, known to Him as an intimate. So should we.
–Taken from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka (Click on the title for more information on this resource).
Father, forgive me for rushing into Your presence with my long list of needs before recognizing all that You are! Help me to be continually aware of how I approach Your throne and to do so with praise and a thankful heart!
Praise “God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.” Thank him for being your Father through Christ Jesus. Confess tendencies to act like a spiritual orphan. Commit yourself to more consistently remembering the responsibilities and privileges of being God’s child. Ask him to help you bring honor to the family name.
Pray that your local congregation will bring pleasure to the Father through its weekly worship times. Ask God to help all members and regular attendees act with true family love toward one another.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).