Jesus and Prayer

‘After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.  Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.’ John 17:1-3

What we pray about and prioritise, reveals what’s important to us. When we look at the prayer that Jesus says in John 17, it reveals what’s important to Him.

In John 17, Jesus engages in his High Priestly prayer.

In this prayer, he has three areas that he cares about.

  • Prayer for Glorification. (V.1-5)
  • Prayer for His disciples. (V.6-19)
  • Prayer for all believers. (V.20-26)

Jesus prays that the Father and Himself will be glorified, as he makes his way to the cross. Jesus prays that the disciples will obey and serve the Kingdom of Heaven, as they will start the early church later. Jesus then prays for all believers. Isn’t it remarkable that the night before Jesus is to be crucified, He chose to pray but pray for us! God the Father listens to Jesus praying, as He is the perfect Son of God. Because of Jesus’ prayer, and His work on the cross, we have the great privilege of coming to God the Father and praying to Him. We can have a personal relationship with God, because of Jesus.

So, if we can pray to God, what are you praying about? What can you be praying for? What we pray about and prioritise, reveals what’s important to us.

‘After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.  Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.’ John 17:1-3

James