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DWELLING ON JESUS

October 2, 2012

Tuesday

His Intercessory Prayer – John 17:20-26

20  Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

21  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

22  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

23  I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

24  Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

25  O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

26  And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

 

EXAMPLE

The central significance of prayer is not in the things that happen as results, but in the deepening intimacy and unhurried communion with God at His central throne of control in order to discover a “sense of God’s need in order to call on God’s help to meet that need”

–  E.M. Bounds

 

LESSON

“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word,”

Do you think of your Lord and Savior as One who prays for you? He is God hat is alive, and He is praying for you. Dr. J.R. Miller gives us meaningful insight on this verse from his book, Come Ye Apart.

In this wonderful intercessory prayer our Lord reached out beyond the little circle of disciples that stood around Him that night, and gathered in His arms all those who to the end should believe on Christ. He looked down along the ages and saw us and our dangers, and amid the deepening shadows of His cross prayed for us. Even that is not all, precious as it is; for we are told elsewhere that Jesus ever lives to make intercession for His people. How sweet to be prayed for by Christ!

We are not  to think of Him as losing interest in this earth when He went away. This intercessory prayer, whose sentences we catch as we read this chapter, is but a momentary revealing to us of Christ’s continual pleading for us within the veil. We are to think of Him as in heaven watching us perpetually and praying for us in every time of danger. He sees each secret temptation as it approaches, and asks, ;Father, keep Thy endangered child.”

We should be assured that day and night Jesus is in heaven, thinking of us, watching us from His holy height in glory, and at every appearance of evil prays for us. How could we do the evil thing if we but stopped long enough to think of this Divine intercession for us?’

 

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