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Praying with the Savior - Part 3 (30 of 33)
Series: Behold the Lamb
Ernest L. Easley
John 17:1, 20-26
We are leaning in and listening these days to the greatest prayer ever prayed! And that prayer is found in John chapter 17!
Here we find Jesus facing great sorrow and suffering! He knew that He was only hours away from the cruelty of the cross! And He didn't do anything differently than He normally did!
I mean... knowing that He was going to soon die... He did nothing different! I wonder... if you knew today that you were going to die this Wednesday... would you do anything differently between now and then?
Are there some things you need to make right or set right? Are there any lost family members or friends that you have not shared Jesus with that you would seek out to tell them about Jesus? Are there any broken relationships that you would try to mend?
A person who is right with God and man is a person who learns on Friday that he is going to die on Sunday... and does nothing different on Saturday! That is what we find in the last hours in the life of Jesus. His activities during His last week were the same activities during all of His weeks!
And when you come to John 17... you find Jesus in prayer! Now in verses 1-5... Jesus prays for Himself. In verses 6-19... Jesus prays for His disciples. And now in verses 20-26... moments before Jesus was seized by the authorities... He concludes His pray!
And as He concludes His prayer... I want to show you what was on His heart! Or should I say, ''Who was on His heart.'' And not only who... but what was on His heart! For what was on His heart... should be on our heart if we are going to be like Him!
When I was growing up... we used to sing a hymn entitled, ''More Like the Master.'' ''More like the Master I would live and grow; More of His love to others I would show; More self-denial, like His in Galilee, More like the Master I long to ever be.''
And that friend... is the desire of e ...
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