Praying with the Savior - (2 of 3) by Ernest Easley

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Praying with the Savior - (2 of 3)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
John 17.1,6-19
July 16, 2006

Now join me in John 17. We are picking up where we left off last Sunday in "praying with the savior." And of course I'm talking about the greatest prayer ever prayed!
Now what makes this the greatest prayer ever prayed is the person who prayed it! Jesus is praying! But not only the person who prayed it .. but the period that He prayed it! This prayer allows us to hear our savior's passion and priority!! He is hours away from His betrayal .. arrest .. trial and crucifixion!
That is what makes this the greatest prayer ever prayed! The person of this prayer and the period of this prayer. But also the purpose of this prayer. Jesus said in verse 1, "Father, the hour has come, Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You." Now you say that you want to be more like Jesus! Well ..if you are going to be like Jesus .. His practice must be your practice! And His practice was prayer! Prayer was a priority, not a last resort! That is the direction to look when you need direction .. when you are in trouble .. when you have a need! Worry looks at God through the circumstances. Prayer looks at circumstances through God!
But if you are going to be like Jesus .. His practice not only must be your practice: His desire must be your desire. And His desire was to magnify .. to praise .. to ascribe honor to His Father!
That was His passion .. His desire: to magnify and praise .. to glorify His Father! He lived to glorify His Father! He died to glorify His Father. And if you really want to be like Jesus .. then His desire will be your desire!
That should be the passion of our church! To magnify .. to bring praise and honor to God! That when people walk into this worship center ... that there is no doubt that we love Jesus by the way we love one another and worship the Lord.
Now let me tell you something about the prayer life of Jesus! He not only came t ...


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