"These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said,
Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify
thee." JOH 17:1.
Our Savior's intercessory prayer begins with "Father," which is a word
of confidence that is unmovable. The word "Father" instills confidence
in the heart of a child. A child has no concern of who is paying the
taxes, the rent or the utility bills. He is confident that his father
will provide for him. It demonstrates the sweet parental relationship of
Him whom He addresses. A little child can be turned loose in a crowd of
people and feel totally lost, but as soon as he can take his father by
the hand, he is confident and has nothing to worry about.
By use of the word "Father", Christ is demonstrating a confidence that
what He asks will be granted. He lifted up his eyes to heaven in holy
reverence and spoke the central theme of this prayer-that the Father
glorify the Son, so that the Son may glorify him. Is this the central
theme of our prayers? Are all of our requests centered on that which
will bring glory to our Father?
See how blessedly our Savior's actions in His hour of greatest trial
still correspond with His teachings. What we say must correspond with
what we do. Christ not only commands prayer, but He also reveals how His
Father's being glorified in the Son must be the central theme of our
prayer as we see in JOH 14:13. "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name,
that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son." His entire
motivation of granting what we desire is that His Father might be
glorified in His doing so.
See the blessed promise the Lord Jesus Christ uses to commend obedience
to such a precept in JOH 15:16. "Ye have not chosen me, but I have
chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit,
and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the
Father in my name, he may give it you." He promises a blessing upon
obedience for praying this type of prayer. If we do not do what He has
commanded us, we may not expect the Father to give us what we ask.
Now to this precept and promise, our Lord adds His own example. The Lord
does what He commands us to do. If Christ who is coequal with the Father
prayed so earnestly in the hour of trial, how much more must we obey His
precept to obtain the promises, that He be glorified in the trial we are
1TH 5:17-23 says, "Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for
this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the
Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which
is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace
sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body
be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Lord is looking at our hearts to see if this is our desire. This does
not mean that we will be perfect. Our best righteousness outside of
Christ is like filthy rags in the sight of God. The Lord is looking at
our hearts. He wants a heart religion. He wants us to come before Him in
a childlike spirit addressing Him as our Father, with a desire to do His
will. We must strive for holiness. This does not mean that we are holy
in ourselves. This is talking about taking up our cross and crucifying