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Daily Reading: 22nd November 2015

John 17.24-26

24 Father, I desire that those whom You have given to Me, might also be with Me, so that they may see My glory, which You gave to Me, because You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 

25 Righteous Father, although the world has not known You, I have known you, and these men know that You sent Me.

26 And I have made known to them Your Name and I will make it known, so that the love with which You love Me may also be in them and I in them. 

The prayer of Jesus is the best example of how to pray. Jesus had already told His disciples that the Father would give them whatever they ask Him for in the name of Jesus:

“whatever you might ask the Father in My Name He should give it to you” – John 15.16. To pray in the name of Jesus is to have the same desires as Jesus and the Father have.

Jesus was doing exactly what He had told His disciples: His desire was to have exactly what the Father’s will was. Therefore, by asking that His followers should be with Him, and to see His glory, He was asking exactly in accordance with the will of the Father.

There is no greater guarantee of the success in our praying than to pray according to the will of Jesus and the Father. This requires us to spend time listening to Him so that we might know and understand what His will is. In this way our prayers are lifted out of the confines of our wants, and liberated into the eternal will of Jesus.

Perhaps we need to learn that as we begin to pray we are silent so that we can listen to the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit.

The desire of Jesus is that His followers should be with Him. This is the disciples and all those who believe in Him, because of their preaching about Him.

The assurance of every follower of Jesus is that we are destined to be with Him. This life is not the end. Life continues after death. Those who have received Jesus as their Lord and Saviour go on to be with Him in Heaven. This is the guarantee of His prayer. Those who refuse to receive Him have condemned themselves to the wrath of God and Hell.

The choice is ours. Today Choose Jesus. Don’t put off that decision until a later date. None of us know the hour when our soul is required of us through death.

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