Morning Devotion: Lord’s Prayer

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: 2  As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 4  I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5  And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

This being the Lord’s prayer and not the outline of the Lord’s prayer as in Matthew 6, we find a wealth of personal dialog for our understanding.

Jesus starts this prayer addressing the Father, His Father, your Father and My Father. In Verse five Jesus says “O Father.” When you pray, you are not praying to an entity or a mystical force, you pray to your personal living, self existing Father.

Some people have the idea that God does not care or is aloof or afar off and cannot be reached or is not interested in them. That is far from the truth. God does care, He cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

In the passage we have before us we find Jesus completely giving Himself to His Father. He says, “Father…glorify thy Son, that thy Son may also glorify thee:”

Do you ever pray in such a manner as to say – “Father I want to do your will, I want to glorify you in my life?”

If not why not, could it be you do not know the Father, He is not personal to you.

Look at verse three, Jesus prayed. “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

To know Jesus is to know God the Father. A great assurance and a personal relationship is given when you know Jesus because you also know the Father.

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. 6  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7  Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

That word Abba means Daddy. God the Father becomes personal as a dad you can come to when ever you wish.

What a blessing it is to pray, personally pray, to my Father in heaven knowing He hears me and attends to my prayer, all because of Jesus.

My friend, to know Jesus is to know the Father. I hope you know Jesus. I hope you have salvation, for without salvation, you have no relationship with God the Father. I hope your prayer life is such that you can personally talk with your Father in heaven.

You do not want to be without that relationship, especially when facing eternity.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook