Most scholars who have sought to harmonize the accounts in the four Gospels have the Lord Jesus praying the prayer of John 17 in the Upper Room after He had finished His instructions to the disciples . “Be of good cheer,” He had encouraged His disciples in John 16:33; “I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ” Lord , teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: “` Father , hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
The key themes of the prayer are the glorification of the Father and petitions for the unity of the disciples through love. Jesus prays to the Father that his followers “may all be one as we are one” and that “the love with which you love me may be in them, and I in them”.
It is evident from Luke’s Gospel that Jesus prays often (Luke 3:21; 5:16; 6:12; 9:18, 28). Jesus ‘ disciples have no doubt noticed His prayerfulness and in this passage they ask Him to teach them how to pray (Luke 11:1).
John 17 is the seventeenth chapter of the Gospel of John in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It portrays a prayer of Jesus Christ addressed to His Father, placed in context immediately before His betrayal and crucifixion, the events which the gospel often refers to as His glorification.
1-4), He prayed for His glorification in Heaven (v. 5), and He prayed for His glorification in the church (2, 3, 10). And as we read John 17 we see that Jesus asked for 2 things: “To glorify Your son, that He may glorify the Father (v. 1-4) and to “Restore Your Son the His former glory—To He preexistent exaltation (v.
“My God , My God , why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matt 27:46, Mark 15:34) “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46)
Roman Catholic Church doctrine supports intercessory prayer to saints . It is good and useful suppliantly to invoke them, and to have recourse to their prayers , aid, and help for obtaining benefits from God, through His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, Who alone is our Redeemer and Saviour.”
Jesus taught , “When you pray , do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men … but when you pray , go into your room, close the door and pray to your father who is unseen.”
Challenge yourself to pray for a few minutes every day for thirty days. This is about the time that it takes to develop a habit . Attend regular prayer meetings at your local church.
In the Garden of Gethsemane , Jesus utters his agonizing prayer, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.”
Jesus said it is our oneness that will convince the world that God sent him to us and that God loves us, his community here on earth. “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.
Forms of prayer . The tradition of the Catholic Church highlights four basic elements of Christian prayer : (1) Prayer of Adoration/Blessing, (2) Prayer of Contrition/Repentance, (3) Prayer of Thanksgiving/Gratitude, and ( 4 ) Prayer of Supplication/Petition/Intercession.
We turn to prayer because it is the most personal way to experience God , to encounter Him and to grow in knowledge of Him. According to the book of Ephesians, God’s desire is for us to pray “on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Ephesians 6:18).
I hope they will encourage you to make 2021 a year of prayer . Know to whom you are speaking. Thank him. Ask for God’s will. Say what you need. Ask for forgiveness. Pray with a friend. Pray the Word. Memorize Scripture.