“Remember Who’s You Are”
For us as believes we are reminded in Scripture that this world is not our home and we therefore live with a yearning to be someplace we have not yet experienced. To be in the presence of the Lord is a spiritual yearning that is a primary hunger of the soul. “God is a rewarder of those who earnestly seek Him.” Do my actions reveal an earnest desire?
John 17:6-11 Praying for the 11 disciples.
Jesus continues praying and it is good for us to consider this process.
1. An example – remember that the disciples asked, “Lord teach us to pray.”
2. A witness – Jesus prayer is informing the disciples about His mission, His love for them, and His desire for them as workers in the kingdom.
3. An encouragement – their inclusion into the purposes of God relative to the salvation of mankind is affirmed within their hearing.
When we look at these aspects we understand that Jesus is giving us another model because much of our Christian journey is based on those believers who have modeled faith before us.
1. Parents – _________________________________________________________________
2. In the Church - _____________________________________________________________
3. It is good for us to consider the necessity of prayer in our relationship with the Lord. If Jesus prayed, then so should we. ______________________________________________________ This week I was privileged to share a time of devotion with Supt. Dennis. We looked into Psalm 92:1&2, “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night.” These two verses kept he and I and our conference administrator, Deb, sharing and discussing our relationship with the Lord for ½ hour. What a difference there is in the day that starts with the Lord and ends with Him as well. He is the lover of my soul, the author of every good and perfect gift. In Thee, and Thee alone do I trust!
Verse 6 has some really interesting dynamics to consider. The business of the Son is the business of the Father but process of each is distinct.
1. Jesus says, “I have manifested your name to the men whom You have given Me.” In other words, Jesus has declared the Father to the disciples in word and deed.
2. “They were Yours, You gave them to Me”. ______________________________________ So Jesus statement, “You gave them to Me”, has a specific context which is the end of this verse, “they have kept Your word”. ______________________________________________
In verses 7 & 8 Jesus gives His testimony of these 11 and His process with them. ___________
_____________________________________________________________________________ “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world,” (verse 9) _______________________________
So Jesus ends this prayer with emphasis on unity. This is perhaps the greatest challenge we face in the Church and in the world. _______________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________ Lord, make us one!!
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