Morning devotion: The Lord’s prayer.

The true Lord’s prayer is the one Jesus actually prayed, not Matthew chapter six, where taught His disciples an outline of how to pray. John chapter seventeen is the actual Lord’s prayer because our Lord Jesus is the one praying.

John 17:1  These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

Jesus knew His hour was come. It was the hour of sacrifice and the hour of redemption for all mankind. He knew it his time.

Galatians 4:4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5  To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane that the hour, the hour of terrible sacrifice, might pass from Him. But for this hour He was come.

Mark 14:35  And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.

In Matthew 26, He called it the cup. Matthew 26:39  And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

He knew His hour was coming and He prayed. John 17:1  These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

When He went to the garden of Gethsemane to pray, He was afterward accosted and taken. The hour of the wicked one had come as well. Those who were of religion, yes, the religious crowd, took Him. It was their hour or so they thought.

Luke 22:52  Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to him, Be ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves? 53  When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.

Jesus was born to die; He was born to die for your sins and my sins. Luke 2:11  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Even Mary, Jesus’ mom prayed knowing He was born to die. Luke 1:46  And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47  And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

You do not need a saviour unless you are a sinner. Mary knew she needed a saviour. Jesus is that saviour.

Those religious zealots thought they had Him, they thought their hour was the hour to rid the world of Jesus. It was in fact all in the plan of God. Yes, they crucified Christ, but it was the hour of which God planned.

When Peter preached to those same zealots, they realised their wrong and repented and trusted Jesus to saved them.

Acts 2:22  Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

23  Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

24  Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

Acts 2:37  ¶Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

38  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

39  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

40  And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

41  Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

My friend, your hour will come some day. Some day you will meet your end. Will it be with Jesus as Savior or without Jesus as judge? What will your hour look like?

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook