What do you consider to be the Lord’s Prayer?
Is it the example or model prayer given in Matthew 6 that has become commonly known as “The Lord’s Prayer”?
Is it this example prayer that has been adopted by most of the church and repeated in services today?
As a model for pre-cross prayer this is actually pretty good, however for me, the “best” prayer from Jesus is found in John 17.
This prayer is a fascinating insight into the mind and faithfulness of Jesus towards us.
In my Bible the subheading reads, “Jesus prays for His own”.
It is an amazingly powerful prayer from Jesus to His Father about those who have recognised Him as their Lord and Saviour.
He speaks of those that are His as being in Him and He in them.
Through Jesus we are given power over all flesh with the added bonus of eternal life (John 17 v 2).
We are His (John 17 v 9 and 10).
We are one with Him, therefore one with the Father (John 17 v 11 and 21).
We are sanctified by His Word (John 17 v 17).
We are glorified (John 17 v 22) and made perfect (John 17 v 23).
This whole chapter makes one thing very clear, that we are one in Christ and He is in us and with us.
We are reconciled, and can be one with God because of the finished work of Jesus Christ.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for Jesus’ finished work on the cross that has enabled us to be one with you”.
John 17 v 21 and 22…..That they may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may know that thou has sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one
Adapted from notes by Christine Atkinson, Elder, Moray Grace Fellowship