The Upper Room Prayer

Hello again! Today, Pastor Alan taught about John 17, what is known as Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer. To listen to this wonderful message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included Pastor’s outline and links to Scripture he references. Enjoy!

The Upper Room Prayer

John 17

I. Introduction

  • Matthew 6:5-8 tells us that prayer is not to be done to draw attention to oneself.
  • Luke 18:9-14 reminds us that prayer is to be done in a humble and contrite spirit.
  • Prayer is to reorient our priorities toward God, not toward self.
  • Timothy Keller noted that all the prayers in the Psalms fall into two categories: 1) a desire for oneness with God; enjoying His presence (Psalm 27:4). 2) a desire/inner struggle for the kingdom of God to come & God’s will to be done vs. doing what I want to do. Think of the Lord’s Prayer (the Model Prayer – Matthew 6:9-13). How do we hallow God’s name? We approach Him with a sense of awe/reverence.
  • The Westminster Confession: Our primary purpose is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Prayer involves both of these aspects and more, but never less.

II. What Jesus Prayed For

  1. He prayed that God the Father might glorify Him so that He would glorify the Father.
    • We are to pray that God is glorified (vs. 1-5).
    • How can we pray so that God is honored, admired, and valued (i.e., glorified)?
      • We acknowledge His authority and power, especially in giving eternal life. (v. 2) What is eternal life? (v. 3)
      • We acknowledge His completed work of salvation. (v. 4)
      • We acknowledge His eternal existence & current position of intercession. (v. 5)
  2. He prayed in relationship to His disciples (vs. 6-19).
    • He acknowledges the work of the Word in their lives and their obedience. (vs. 7-9)
    • He prays for their safety and unity. (vs. 10-12, 14-15)
    • He prays for their completed joy. (v. 13)
    • He prays for them as they are in the world that they would be set apart in truth. (vs. 16-19)
  3. He prayed for future believers (vs. 20-26).
    • He prays for a unity based on His indwelling presence. (vs. 20-23)
    • He prays for our eternal destination. (v. 24)
    • He prays that we are filled with His quality of love that comes from Him being in us. (v. 26)

Conclusion: The emphasis of Christ’s prayer is broadly the two main focuses of prayer: God to be glorified and for us to be one with God.

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller

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