Jesus’ prayer for God to be glorified (John 17:1-5)
After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come.”
Jesus understood his circumstances and understands ours. He does not panic. He is not surprised. Learn from Jesus. Do not be anxious in prayer. Approach God with praise and thanks while also acknowledging your current circumstances.
“Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.”
Jesus asks for glory in order to return that glory to his father. How often do we keep God’s glory for ourselves? Learn from Jesus. The burden of fame, honor, and glory is too great a weight for our shoulders. Only God the Father can handle glory, for he alone is shaped for it.
“For you granted him authority over all people.”
Christ declares that God gave him authority, but consider how Jesus used that authority. He never made rulings that favored his interests. He never lorded his authority over others. He never sought to heal, help, or save himself. Learn from Jesus. When we receive power and authority it is not for our benefit, but for others. Then look towards your neighbors to see how your power can help the weak.
“He came that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.”
When in prayer, do we ask God for the opportunity to explain the hope we have in Christ? Learn from Jesus. Ask for the chance to share our peace, patience, kindness, joy, and forgiveness with others.
“Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.”
How often do we consider the purpose of each day? Learn from Jesus. Make it our goal to use our talents, time, gifts, and opportunities as good stewards.
“And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.”
When we enjoy a time of glory, power, or influence, does that cause others to praise God? Learn from Jesus. Thank him for the opportunity to return God’s glory back to the father.