Remembering Christ's Prayer For Us: Week 3 of the Resurrection

This week we enter into Christ's prayer for us in John 17. He prays to the Father for us when He is in the final days of His life. As resurrection disciples, one of our greatest needs is to remember this prayer and let the remembering get inside our living.

Have you ever had someone pray from their heart out loud for you? If you have, you know what a deep ministry that is. Engage with Jesus' prayer for you this way. Hear Him pray for you.

Day One: Remember How Jesus Revealed the Father to You

Father, I have manifested who you really are and I have revealed you to the men and women that you gave to me. They are convinced that I have come from your presence, and they have fully believed that you sent me to represent you. I have revealed to them who you are and I will continue to make you even more real to them…”John 17:6-26 (Verse 6a; 8b; 26a)

This prayer full of deep love and longing says and asks the most incredible things on our behalf. Jesus prays this prayer before He begins the journey to the cross and the resurrection. Jesus revealed the Father to His first disciples and He continues to reveal the Father to all who become His disciples. (He even mentions this in the prayer: “And I ask not only for these disciples, but also for all those who will one day believe in me through their message.”)

As resurrection disciples, we often need to remember who our Father is, as revealed by Christ – not through our own surmising. Jesus told Phillip that when he looked at Him (Jesus) He was looking at the Father (John 14:9). Up until Jesus, the image of the Father was quite skewed.

I was a follower of Jesus for seven years before I realized that I didn’t know much about the Father. I was just “stuck on” Jesus. I joined a Navigators Discipleship group and one week’s teaching was on the Father. So many dots started to connect, my brain felt like it had a ping pong ball inside of it! The Father – The Father that loves me like He loves Jesus, who listens when I cry, who knows what I need before I ask, who disciplines me with the purest intentions for my formation, who knows the number of hairs on my head. The Father to whom I can pray, who provides for me and watches over me. I remember. I open myself to deeper revelations of Him. (And it isn’t that I don’t need God as mother as well…but we are remembering this prayer of Christ’s about the Father.)

Prayer Exercise:

· Sit in silence and ask the Holy Spirit to direct your time

· Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you what you need (or deep down long for) to remember about the Father at this time in your life.

· The Spirit, who has been given to be as Christ with us and in us, is the great Reminder/Revealer now. Ask the Spirit to bring fresh revelation or new revelation of the Father according to what He showed you in point 2.

· You can close by writing your own prayer of remembering or use this one that follows.

Father, I want to grasp more fully who you are. I want to open myself to how Jesus revealed You and embrace this way of knowing You. You are my Father. I cannot live a resurrected life apart from You. Enlarge my heart towards Yourself. I pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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