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Daily Reading: 24th October 2015

John 17.1

1 After saying these things, Jesus raised His eyes to Heaven and said: “Father, the time (hour) has come, glorify Your Son, so that the Son may glorify You,

We cannot be certain where Jesus was when He spoke His prayer to the Father. It is possible that, along with His disciples, He was still in the Upper Room. It is also possible that they may have been on their way to the Garden of Gethsemane. The first verse of chapter eighteen states:

Having said these things Jesus, with His disciples, went out beyond the Kedron brook (a winter torrent). There was a garden there, into which He and His disciples went.   

Going out could mean going out from the Upper Room, or from the city walls.

Wherever He was the important thing is that His disciples were able to hear this prayer of Jesus, and John was inspired by the Holy Spirit to recall it to memory and write it down for all future generations to read and benefit from it.

John tells us that Jesus looked up to Heaven. This would have been a normal posture of praying. Many of us will have various postures for talking to our Heavenly Father, such as bowing our heads, laying on our back, or face. Sometimes we might stand, at other times we might kneel.

Firstly Jesus begins His prayer with the word: ‘Father’. In this Jesus is unique in calling God His Father. Once again He was emphasizing that His relationship with God was different from anyone else’s relationship with Him. He was stating that He and the Father are One, that their relationship is a life giving one.

The joy of every believer in Jesus is that we have been born again by the Spirit of God to enjoy a relationship with God whereby we can call Him Father.

Paul wrote:

You should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into His family calling Him “Father, dear Father.” – Romans 8.15 (NLT).

Jesus also said that when we pray we should begin by saying: “Our Father”.

Today in our praying let us call God our Father, and enjoy the intimacy that this brings.

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