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The Power of Prayer

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 There are many great prayers recorded in the Scriptures, but none top the prayer recorded in John 17.  As I read this prayer and shared it with those gathered in our cottage prayer group Tuesday night I couldn't help but feel privileged to be able to listen in as God the Son talked with His Father just before giving His life as a ransom for sinners.  We learn from this example in prayer how to not only be over-comers in Christ, but also how to accomplish the mission God has given us as the Church.
Here are some thoughts to guide us in praying through John 17:11-24:
  • Pray for believers to live a Christ-like character before the world (vv.11-12).  And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
  • Pray that Christians will experience the complete joy of Jesus in their lives (vv.13-14).  But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
  • Pray for divine protection from Satan (vv.15-16).  I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
  • Pray that believers will live set apart and holy lives in Christ (vv.17-19).  Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.
  • Pray for Christians to be united in mission and purpose (vv.20-21).  “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
  • Pray that believers will join Christ in His redemptive work and behold His glory (vv.22-24).  The glory that you have given me I have given to them,that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

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