Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
There are no words that can be said or even thought that can describe the depth and magnitude of Jesus’ love for us in this verse. Oh my, what indescribable love!
Prayer was the essence of Jesus Christ’s relationship with the Father. He prayed for Himself and His mission, and He also prayed for us. Jesus continues to pray for us right now; in every moment of time. “Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.” (Hebrews 7:25 NIV) It says, “He always lives to intercede for them.” That’s you and me. Every moment of time. Always. Because Jesus lives! What an incredible act of love for us. That Jesus never ceases to intercede for us.
And just as Jesus prayed to the Father, we can turn to the Father as well in prayer. Jesus made that possible because of His blood sacrifice for us at Calvary. “In Him and through faith in Hem we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” (Ephesians 3:12 NIV)
Prayer reflects a longing after God. “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” (Psalm 42:1-2 NIV)
Prayer acknowledges our dependence on Him. When we feel under qualified and overwhelmed, we might be exactly where God wants us. These moments force us to pray like everything depends on God. In times like these, dependence drives us to our knees. “Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to You I pray.” (Psalm 5:2 NIV) Dependence on God for help with spiritual or physical needs arises out of our awareness of human helplessness.
Prayer is an act of worship; prayer is turning to God in awe and the realization of how wonderful He is. Prayer is a natural part of worship; to know God is to want to worship Him and pray to Him.
Friend, Jesus worshiped the Father in prayer and desired for all of us to share in the His glory. We, too, can demonstrate that same worship to the Father when we pray. Our prayers should reflect our longing, our dependence, and our worship to God.
Dear Lord, thank You for Your great love for us; that You desire that we spend eternity with You. Lord, You faced a brutal and painful death, yet You stopped and prayed for us. Thank You Lord. What indescribable love that You gave Your life for us so that we can live. Lord, forgive us when we forget of Your great love and turn away from You. Teach us to pray; to acknowledge our longing for You, our dependence upon You and to worship You in prayer. In Jesus Name. AMEN
Don’t believe me, believe God!