The Greatest Prayer Ever Prayed
Take God's word, and turn please to John chapter seventeen. Tonight I want us to study on this subject, "The Greatest Prayer Ever Prayed". John chapter seventeen. You know, this is a prayer of the Lord Jesus. Were beginning a prayer ministry. And I don't know any way that we can learn to pray anymore than to study the prayer that Jesus prayed. It's a deep and profound prayer, but it's certainly not very long, just one chapter in the word of God. Now, what a privilege is ours as it were to eavesdrop on the Son of God when He prays. To hear the Son of God pray. What a privilege. And so I want us to look into these words here. I'm reading here John seventeen, verses one through four. These words take Jesus and lifted up His eyes to heaven and said, "Father, the hour is come, glorify thy son so that thy son may also glorify thee. As thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given Him. And this is life eternal that they may know thee, the only true God in Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on earth. I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do." I want to stop right there and try to make some observations and obviously we were just going to skirt the shores of this mighty ocean of truth right here. But first of all I want you to notice the person who is doing the praying. It is Jesus Christ himself. Look if you will in verse one. "These words spake Jesus and lifted up His eyes to heaven." I can see Him praying this way. Looking straight up into the sky. And I have prayed that way sometime and we are told that we must bow our heads in prayer. Sometimes it is sweet and wonderful just to lift our hands and to look into the face of God. But the thing that impresses me is that Jesus, being the very son of God, absolutely sinless, needed and desired to pray. I've selected some verses that tell us how Jesus prayed, and don't tur ...
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