Bible Trek 2016 - Life's Prayer

The ”Lord’s Prayer” seen in Matthew 6:1-13, was an answer to the question; how should we the followers of Christ pray, but the prayer recorded in John 17 gives us a window on the biggest concern of the Lord for his followers. First we must realize the context, which places this incident on the last night of the Lord’s life, just before He was arrested and carried off to be judged and crucified. The fact that this prayer was recorded shows its eternal value in God’s eyes. It reveals the Lord’s deepest concern for his believers to be one, as a testimony to the world. This prayer begins by Jesus asking the Father to glorify Him that He in turn would glorify the Father. Glory can be defined as God expressed, manifested, as seen in John 1:14, where the Word became flesh expressing the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and reality, and verse 18 says, that the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father declares Him. The Lord goes on to pray for the believers the following: “the glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me “(Jn.17:21-23). Oneness is elusive in the world today. From families, to communities, to countries, to the United Nations. Where is there oneness? Yet, the Lord prayed that we the believers would be one. He continues in verses11-12: “Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me.” Verses16-17 says: “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.” Verses 22-23 says: “The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” We can see the Lord’s wisdom in this prayer that we the followers, the church, can keep the oneness the Lord has provided for us by abiding in His name, His word, and His glory. His name is His person, His word sets us apart from a divided world, and His Glory gives us His own expression seen in the oneness of the Tri-une God. When the oneness is realized among God’s people there is a testimony to the world, the glory of God Himself. The apostle Paul tells us; “to endeavor to keep the unity (oneness) of the Spirit in the uniting bond of peace. “(Eph.4:3).
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