THE "REAL" LORD'S PRAYER
This prayer of the Lord's is the greatest prayer ever prayed on earth and the greatest recorded anywhere in Scripture. It is not known for sure whether it was prayed in the Garden on in the Upper Room but it was in the presence of the disciples at the end of the Passover. It is with reverence we must enter into the Holy of Holies as God "the Son pours out His heart to God the Father...humility and worship must be in our hearts as our Savior talks with His Father about what He is about to do, fulfilling the plan from eternity past, giving His life a ransom for sinners. What a privilege we have to read and meditate on this conversation within the Godhead...and to hear the love they have for us in making a way to be back in fellowship with our Father.
One of the things clearly seen here is that Jesus lives out the life of an Overcomer. This is a phrase used many times in the New Testament, it seems to be lost in our generation. Jesus appeared to the disciples, His family, the religious leaders the secular leaders, and probably everyone else, to be a failure...avictim, but He wasn't. He was THE Victor! Many times in our lives, we may appear to be a Ioser...even to ourselves. However, if we are yielded to God, and are abiding in Him, how can we be losers, or victims...if we are carefully following the Lord, we too are overcomers, and victors...HE says so, John 16:33. He uses the word "world" 19x here, and a definite connection is made from this prayer to John 16:33. Understanding and applying the truths of this prayer will enable us to be an overcomer, as He was.",
Read John 17...The progression of Jesus thought is this:
Why did He pray this prayer?
He told the Father, the Hour has come, I have finished the work You gave me to do...
The finished work?
There are four privileges we have as His children to enable us to be Overcomers:
To us as humans, Calvary was a horrible display of sinful man...But from Heaven's perspective, the cross revealed and magnified the grace and glory of God. The word "give" is used in one form or another 17x, Jesus said that believers are the Father's gift to Him. We are use to thinking that Jesus is the Father's love gift to us but the Lord affirms that we are the Father's gift to Him!
Eternal/everlasting life is an important theme in John's Gospel...used 17x...what is it? It is not just about Him but having a personal relationship with Him BECAUSE of the finished work of Christ. Jn 14:6-1. tells us we cannot know the Father apart from the Son. To believe in God is not enough, James 2:19 says the demons also believe and tremble. And, we can't earn it, it's a gift. Because we share His life we are overcomers and share His victory. Don't let Satan rob you of your overcoming power!
Old Testament Jews knew God as Jehovah, the Great I AM... Ex 3:11-14. Jesus used that sacred name l AM and gave it special and very understandable meaning: I am the Good Shepherd, I am the Bread of Life, etc. He revealed the Father's gracious name by showing His disciples that HE was everything they needed! But the name was more...Father 53x from chapter 13-17, 122x in the Gospel. For the Jew, Jesus message was clear:
Biblically, name and nature were meant to reveal something special about the person bearing the name. For instance, Jacob meant scheemer, to take by the heel, to deceive. Isaac meant laughter. Jesus means Savior· To say "1 have manifested Your Name" means I have revealed the nature of God. One of the Son's ministries was to reveal the Father, Jn 1:18...not in a great blaze of glory, because the disciples could not have born it (Jn 16:12), but a little at a time by His words and deeds.
There are a few great facts revealed here that make us as believers feel "safe" in our relationship with Him.
The Word is a gift to us...the Father to the Son...the Son to the disciples...the disciples to those inspired by the Holy Spirit, II Tim 3:16, ll Pet 21:21,. Those who are overcomers know the word and how to use it in daily life. HOW????
We trust the same Savior
We share the same glory
We will enjoy the same Heaven
We belong to the same Father
We seek to do the same work
We believe the same truth
We follow the same example
This beautiful prayer reveals the spiritual priorities in the Savior's head:
In that day,...will we be able to say, "l have glorified Thee on the earth; I have finished the work you gave me to do"? I pray it will be