Morning Devotion: Lord’s Prayer

John 17:1  ¶These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said,…

John 17:11  And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. 12  While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13  And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14  I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15  I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16  They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

The Lord Jesus is praying to God the Father for several things giving several request. Remember, this is the real Lord’s prayer, not what is given in Matthew 6 and Luke 11. This prayer is personal, intimate and real, not just some quote from some person who doesn’t even know God.

In Verse 11 there are two requests made. 1. Jesus asks the Father to keep us. We are kept by God, God keeps us. Once we are saved, we are kept by God, we can never lose our salvation and our relationship with God. We are His children, forever.

John 10:27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30  I and my Father are one.

Did you read that, Jesus gives unto us eternal life and we will never perish? We cannot be plucked out of Jesus’ hand. We cannot be plucked out the Father’s hand. Jesus and the Father are one. He says “no man,” that means no human being, that means you cannot pluck yourself out of the God’s hand. You can never lose your salvation. You’re safe in the arms of Jesus.

We are kept by God.

2.       He requests unity among the believers.  He prays – “that they may be one, as we are.”

Christians should be the hallmark of unity for we are all brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, we are Christian. In that one fact we are unified.

As believers we pray for one another.

Ephesians 6:18  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

1 Timothy 2:1  ¶I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2  For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

It is difficult to be disunified if you are praying for one another.

Bear one another’s burden. Helping each other is becoming more paramount as this world progresses further into wickedness and world domination by the wicked one.

Galatians 6:2  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

As believers, God want us to be unified.

1 Corinthians 1:10  ¶Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

Jesus prayed that we would be kept and that we would be one. Once saved, you are kept by God.

Are you one with each other as Jesus is one with God? That my friend is the big question. Being one with each other takes great humility and great sacrifice.

Mark 12:31  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

John 13:35  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook