We all are called to prayer… which is unending communion with God!

If we will make the time to pray,

then God will make time to listen!

John 17
Jesus Prays for His Followers

1 After Jesus said these things, he looked toward heaven and prayed, “Father, the time has come. Give glory to your Son so that the Son can give glory to you. 2 You gave the Son power over all people so that the Son could give eternal life to all those you gave him.3 And this is eternal life: that people know you, the only true God, and that they know Jesus Christ, the One you sent.

4 Having finished the work you gave me to do, I brought you glory on earth. 5 And now, Father, give me glory with you; give me the glory I had with you before the world was made.

6 “I showed what you are like to those you gave me from the world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me, and they have obeyed your teaching. 7

Now they know that everything you gave me comes from you.8 I gave them the teachings you gave me, and they accepted them. They knew that I truly came from you, and they believed that you sent me.9 I am praying for them.

I am not praying for people in the world but for those you gave me, because they are yours.10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And my glory is shown through them.

11 I am coming to you; I will not stay in the world any longer. But they are still in the world. Holy Father, keep them safe by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they will be one, just as you and I are one.

12 While I was with them, I kept them safe by the power of your name, the name you gave me. I protected them, and only one of them, the one worthy of destruction, was lost so that the Scripture would come true.

13 “I am coming to you now. But I pray these things while I am still in the world so that these followers can have all of my joy in them.

14 I have given them your teaching. And the world has hated them, because they don’t belong to the world, just as I don’t belong to the world.

15 I am not asking you to take them out of the world but to keep them safe from the Evil One.16 They don’t belong to the world, just as I don’t belong to the world.17

Make them ready for your service through your truth; your teaching is truth.18 I have sent them into the world, just as you sent me into the world. 19 For their sake, I am making myself ready to serve so that they can be ready for their service of the truth.

20 “I pray for these followers, but I am also praying for all those who will believe in me because of their teaching.

21 Father, I pray that they can be one. As you are in me and I am in you, I pray that they can also be one in us. Then the world will believe that you sent me.

22 I have given these people the glory that you gave me so that they can be one, just as you and I are one. 23 I will be in them and you will be in me so that they will be completely one. Then the world will know that you sent me and that you loved them just as much as you loved me.

24 “Father, I want these people that you gave me to be with me where I am. I want them to see my glory, which you gave me because you loved me before the world was made.

25 Father, you are the One who is good. The world does not know you, but I know you, and these people know you sent me.

26 I showed them what you are like, and I will show them again. Then they will have the same love that you have for me, and I will live in them.”

It seem to me that prayer is not just talking to God, advising him of our needs, and seeking after our provisions and wants.

Jesus in Matthew 6:25-34, makes it very clear that we are NOT TO WORRY, and we are not to be as the pagans and unbelievers are, who consume their lives and are always preoccupied with such things, as what to wear, what to eat, or where we live; but rather Jesus said for us to FIRST seek the Kingdom of Heaven, and His righteousness; and then ALL of these other things, these necessities of life, will be added unto us.

He goes on to say for us to give our entire attention to what God is doing right now, in this present moment, in what is called today; and for us not to get worked up and fret over tomorrow’s problems; about what may or may not happen tomorrow!

Jesus promises that God will help us deal with whatever hard things come up in our future, when the time comes… and for us to just deal with the present, with what we have on our plate today.

So prayer is what we are created for, because prayer is our having communion with our Creator, unending communion, which can happen only as we learn to abide in Him… even as John records in his Gospel, where Jesus said for us to remain attached to the Vine.

As I understand scripture, I learn that we were created for God’s pleasure, and not the other way around, as the world would have you to believe. The world certainly doesn’t revolve around us; but nevertheless, God has given us, who are in sync with Him, a position of dominion in the earth.

Prayer is also not so much us talking to God, as it is more about our being still and listening for God to speak to us.

All too often, especially in today’s hurried and rushed pace environment, where everyone is rushing to get somewhere, only to turn around and start over tomorrow. That is not what life is to be about.

In fact the Bible teaches that God exists outside of time and space, as we know it.

He made both time and space for our benefit; but eternity is not a long time; but it is the absence of time all together, and space too… as we understand it!

Consequently God ONLY exists in the NOW, and is only available for us to have communion with Him in the space of this present moment; and yet all too often our minds are worried and fretting over something we fear will happen tomorrow; or we’re regretting and grieving over something that happened in our past; and if our mind is in any one of those two places, then we are missing God completely… because God can only be accessed in the present moment! Selah

That’s why my favorite scripture is in Psalms 46:10, where we are told to “Be still and know that I AM is God!”

Even in this scripture is the name of God that was given to Moses on Mt. Sinai; which speaks of this very thing.

As Jesus is our example in all things, the Bible says that He ONLY did what He saw the Father do; and He only spoke what He heard the Father speak. In other words, Jesus was always in perfect sync with the Father.

He never took any rabbit trails and went off and did His own thing, as we do all the time, because it is in our nature to do so; and mind you, that predisposition for that behavior, which we ALL have, is exactly what sin is, because it goes crosswise with God’s original plan and purpose for our life.

But as the scripture says, we all like sheep have gone astray, but the Lord has laid on him, Jesus, the inequity of us all!

So prayer is about hanging out and being with Jesus, and learning to listen to and be lead of the Holy Spirit!

Therein ends today’s lesson. 🙂

Shalom,

Skip Barland


Author: SPARKS FROM THE ANVIL OF LIFE

This is an open forum where we look into and investigate the Rhema Mysteries of God's Word; and also other issues of importance for our day and time.

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