I love to read the prayer of Jesus, because it was prayed just for me.
John 17:24 – 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.
Oh, what a joy to share this Second Miler with you today. Read our Text for Today a few more times. Look closely at the words of our Lord as He prayed to Father. He is appealing to the Father’s love and doing so in faith. This is the kind of prayer that pleases Father, and as such, is a prayer that Father longs to answer. So, from the very beginning of today’s writing, I urge you to simply fully embrace this request from Jesus as an fully answered prayer, for indeed it is.
In this part of His prayer, Jesus requested two things of Father. First, that we may be with Him where He is, and second, that we may behold His glory. Now keep in mind that He had already said to Father that He had given us the glory that Father had given Him. But now He takes it deeper. He wants us, as recipients of that glory, to be with Him and behold that glory. Dear one, this is one of the greatest requests for blessing that Jesus ever uttered to Father.
First, consider being with Jesus where He is. Indeed, we are already there. Through the new birth, Father has already raised us up and seated us together with Christ Jesus on His Own right hand in heavenly places. So that portion of the prayer has already been answered. Yet sadly, so many believers have yet to realize that in their own lives. By brother and sister, it is time for the Church to believe God; simply believe God. For if one truly believes God, he/she will act on what the Word of God has said.
And what of Jesus’ second request in our Text for Today? He wants us to behold His glory; to see it, to experience it, to have it vitally active in our daily lives. Don’t fall prey to a widely dispersed false teaching in the body of Christ that if it is the will of God, it will simply automatically happen. That is patently untrue. Does the Scripture not teach that it is not God’s will that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance? Yes, it does. Yet sadly, many are those who die without Christ and find themselves eternally lost. Here, too, that principle applies. It IS the will of God for you to behold His glory, but to behold it, you must believe it, and believing it, put yourself in a place of yieldedness to Father so you can behold it. It’s our decision now. The prayer has been prayed. The prayer has been answered. What will you do with it.
Manna for Today – John 17; Isaiah 60-61; 1 John 2:20-27; 1 John 5:13-15; Mark 11:22-24; John 15:7; John 16:23; Ephesians 2:6