Thursday, March 5, 2009

4 Kingdom Prayer Points - John 17

So...For a while now I've been considering putting some of my personal notes up from my prep for teaching at Overflow. You know, a 'Cliffs Notes' version, including some of the insights that don't make it to final lesson.

Well, the sad part is, I had some good insights from John 17, but they got erased when my computer mysteriously decided to reboot in the middle of final presentation prep yesterday.

Anyway, here are what I see as the '4 Prayer Points' we can pull from Jesus' prayer. Notice, nothing personal. No please give me. No please help me. No please bless me. The only ME focus is that God, the Father, be glorified in ME. So read John 17, then check these out. Imagine what God WILL do, if we all start praying like Jesus did...
  • BE GLORIFIED in me (v. 1-5)
  • KNOWING YOU...Eternal Life
check out this definition of 'Eternal Life' in v. 3
"...that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent."
This means that if you KNOW, I mean really KNOW, Jesus, then Eternal Life is NOW!!!
  • KINGDOM EXPANSION/'Global Domination'
for those who aren't yet believers/followers (v. 20)
by prayer, not by force
  • COMPLETE UNITY among believers/followers (v. 23, follows theme throughout)
in truth
in love

And let's not forget PROTECTION, not safety, but protection from Satan's attacks (v. 11, 15).
And 'BEING MADE HOLY' (sanctification), 'sanctified' in v. 19.

This is what Jesus prayed. We would do well to follow his example. What could/would happen if we did? Why not try/start?