April 6: Listening to Christ Pray
Posted: 05 Apr 2014 08:31 PM PDT
Read: John 17:1-26
Father, I desire that these also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory. (v. 24 NRSV)
A recent survey reveals that over 90 percent of the population in the United States claim to pray every day. Amazing! Realistically, most people struggle with prayer. They wonder what to say to God. They are disillusioned when they pray and see no change.
Jesus taught us a pattern for prayer (Matt. 6:9-14) and he also showed us by his actions how to pray. Hours before his arrest and trial he prayed with passion. He asked his heavenly Father for the strength to complete his task on the cross. He prayed for the protection of his disciples as well as the salvation and safety of future believers. He desired that people everywhere see his glory.
Prayer was the way Jesus communicated with his Father. Jesus, in the agony of prayer, tested his willingness to die an atoning death. Reluctantly, but obediently, he accepted the plan on which he and the Father had agreed. Prayer is an admission of need and an expression of dependence on God. It identifies the person who loves and obeys God. Prayer has great reward. God is present when his people pray. –Ron Geschwendt
Prayer: Holy God, teach us to pray as Jesus prayed. Give us the confidence that you hear and answer prayer. Amen.
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