Kalamazoo Free Methodist Church
931 West Maple Street
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Services at 10:
00 a.m. Sundays

 

Day 1   John 17:1-26

 

 

     Prayer is personal.  Prayer is intimate. But there are also times when prayer is corporate and public.  There are many functions of prayer. There are times of adoration, reflection, supplication, contemplation, confession, repentance, communion, conversation, and intercession.  At all times, though, there are two constants when it comes to prayer: Prayer is an open line of communication between us and God. At times, we may initiate the interchange, and, at times, the Lord does.  There are times when we come to the Lord humbly as servants before the King and there are times when we brashly run to Him as children, climbing into their Daddy’s lap. Prayer, in whatever form it takes, reflects the relationship we have with our God.

 

     The night before His crucifixion, our Lord spent time in prayer with our Heavenly Father.  Interestingly, the topic of His prayer was less about the suffering that lay before Him and more about those who followed Him, including those of us who have put our faith in Him since that time.  He prayed first for those disciples who had walked with Him for the previous three years.

 

     “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world.  They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.  Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you.  For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them.  They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.  I pray for them.  I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.”  [John 17:6-9]

 

 

     As Jesus continued praying, He included us in His prayer.

 

 

     “My prayer is not for them alone.  I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.  May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” [John 17:20-21]

 

 

     And then our Lord prayed

 

 

     “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” [John 17:24]

 

 

     There is an intense intimacy revealed in this prayer.  Jesus’ knowledge of the Father was not merely about Him but was a true knowing of Him.  He and the Father are One.  And while this mystery is beyond our human comprehension, Jesus prayed that we would also experience this intimacy with both the Father and the Son.  Jesus prayed that we would be with Him and see His glory.  This is what we can experience as we grow in our walk and prayer life with the Lord.

 

     As you begin this forty-day journey of prayer, consider your personal relationship with Christ.  Know that He wants you to draw near to Him and allow Him to abide in you. Take time to remove any barriers that may interfere with your interaction with the Lord.  Make this a daily priority before all else.