If I were to ask which prayer Jesus is known for, most would respond with: “The Lord’s Prayer, of course.” But there is another prayer which is just as important and is often overlooked. That is Christ’s own prayer to His Father found in John.
This prayer is an important insight into Jesus and his relationship with God…and should be more emphasized, in my opinion, for it gives us a real insight into how OUR attitude should be to God.
So, for the next few days, we will be examining John 17.
John 17: 1–These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
The first thing I noticed when reading this was the simple posture Christ applies when speaking to God. He ‘lifts up his eyes to heaven’. There is a reverence to be found here. Not for Jesus is there posturing and making a big deal to have everyone notice his behavior in the way He prays. No, for Him, there is simplicity. He is speaking to His Father as one would speak to one He reveres, yet is very mindful of God’s rule and power.
The second detail is the quick testament to where they are in this journey and what is coming. Many times during His life and ministry, Jesus has spoken to God. The task appointed to Him was not easy. Now, knowing what is about to happen shortly, Jesus embarks on preparing Himself for by doing what He knows that He must–Give it all up to God.
In giving Himself up to God’s will, Jesus is admitting His dependence and His obedience along with His adoration. He was sent to earth to display God’s glory and His Divine will. What better way to begin this prayer than to get to the heart of the matter right off. He has illustrated the glory of God in His earthly life, and now God will, in turn, glorify Him through Christ’s obedience to His Father’s will.
When we speak to God, it is important that we do so in a like manner. Our time here on earth, though we know not how many days may be appointed by God, should be utilized in a manner that glorifies Him. The children’s song: ‘This Little Light of Mine’ should be our banner as we walk among the saved and unsaved of this world.
While we, unlike Christ, do not know when our time on earth will end, we should attempt to keep these attributes of Christ prominent in our daily prayers and Christian walk..