Theme of the Week: Walking with Jesus
Bible Verse: “Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5 CSB
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 7:25, Luke 5:16, John 17:6-24
We want others to pray for us, and so we should, because clearly there is power in united prayer. Jesus said, “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:19).
We all should remember to pray for one another, but even if we forget, there is good news: Jesus Christ himself is praying for us. (Hebrews 7:25). In John 17, we find Jesus praying for his disciples—past, present, and future. It is Jesus’s prayer for you. And it is the greatest prayer ever prayed.
If you think about it, it’s quite extraordinary that Jesus prayed at all. Why would Jesus, a member of the Trinity, need to pray? Yet throughout the gospels, we see that he prayed regularly. After a dizzying, busy day of ministry, he would spend the entire evening coming before his Father in prayer. He would often spend all night in prayer. Without a doubt, Jesus was a man of prayer.
But why? Because although he was God, Jesus submitted to the Father. Not only that, but he was leaving us an example to follow. If Jesus, who was perfect and sinless, took time to pray, then how much more should we, as imperfect and sinful people, do the same?
Jesus started by praying for himself, which by the way, isn’t a bad thing to do. Jesus began, “Father, the time has come” (John 17:1). The hour had come, the hour of his betrayal, arrest, crucifixion, and resurrection from the dead. Jesus had finished the work the Father had given him to do.
Earlier in this Gospel, Jesus said, “The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him” (John 8:29). And that was 100 percent true. Jesus had glorified the Father in all he said and did, from the beginning to the end of his earthly ministry. And certainly he left us an example to follow (Philippians 2:5).
We can never fully have the mind of Christ. But as we look at his life, the way he followed his Father, and the way he asked us to do the same, we see what it means to walk in the will of God.
From Walking With Jesus: Daily Inspiration From The Gospel Of John by Greg Laurie. Copyright ©2007 by Greg Laurie. Used by permission of Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, Grand Rapids, MI. http://bakerpublishinggroup.com
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