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Daily Reading: 19th March 2015

John 12.28-29

28 Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from Heaven: “I have both glorified it and I will glorify it again.”

29 The crowd that stood there hearing this said it had thundered, but others said that an angel had spoken to Him.

There are many subjects that may occupy the desires of our prayers. Rightly we make requests, especially on behalf of others. This is known as intersession, or standing in the gap. Also, we express our thankfulness for all the benefits that we receive from our Heavenly Father.

We also devote ourselves to worship and adoration for who He is.

In verse 28 the prayer that Jesus spoke was very short and simple. He continued from verse 27. It was very direct. We should learn a lot from how Jesus prayed. It is not the length of our sentences; it is not the correct use of language or grammar that is important. It is the desire of our heart that springs from a genuine soul that is prompted by the Holy Spirit.

In our prayer meetings it is much better to pray short prayers that are the result of a life dedicated to Jesus, than it is to pray long prayers that may spring from a desire to tickle the ears of others in the meeting.

Jesus simply prayed: “Father, glorify Your name.”

What did Jesus mean by this? We know that the word ‘glorify’ means to give honour; to place at the highest point, to have the greatest of regard for and respect for. It means to highly esteem. There are a number of other descriptions for ‘glorify’

The desire of Jesus, the Son, was that God, His Father, would lift up His own name so that all would see and know that God’s name is high over all. He is the ‘I AM’.

In doing this, Jesus is also glorified, since He and the Father are one. The glory of the Father is the glory of the Son, since He is the exact representation of the Father: The Son reflects God’s own glory, and everything about Him represents God exactly – Hebrews 1.3 (NLT).

There is a lot to commend short genuine praying that seeks the glory of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In our praying let us also look to glorify Him who loves us and gave His Son to die for us.

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