Jesus’ 7 prayer points … 5 prayer promises

 

    Walking the earth, Jesus proclaimed the arrival of the kingdom of heaven, taught practical living strategies, healed the blind, raised the dead, touched the lepers, fed the thousands, calmed the storm, cleansed the temple, gave power to heal to His disciples, ate with sinners, and washed dirt-covered feet. Now, it was time to pay the price for the sins of the world. A severe beating and death on the cross lay before Him.

Looking towards the cross, Jesus stopped to pray. His hour had come. A new level of service was before Him–the cross.

  Seven Prayer Points 

  1. Glory. “Father, the hour has come, glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you.” John 17:1
  2. Intercession. “I pray for them.” John 17:9
  3. Protection. “Keep them from the evil one.” John 17:15
  4. Sanctification. “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” He also prayed for His future believers. John 17:17-20
  5. Unity. “That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us” John 17:20-21
  6. Presence. “Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me.” John 17:24
  7. Love. “love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17:20-26

On His way to the shame and pain of the cross, Jesus stopped to acknowledge the glory of God, the glory He shed when He came to earth, and the work He accomplished on earth–a few short verses. The rest of His prayer was focused on His present and future followers. He prayed for you and me in the shadow of the cross!

Five Prayer Promises

Since the Creator of the universe, Jesus, prayed for His disciples, present and future, you and me, should we walk confident in the service He has given for us to accomplish?

Jesus prayed in the perfect will of God; therefore, I can be assured that I have what He prayed for me. I might even call them prayer promises.

  1. Protection. “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
  2. Sanctification. “So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endure.” Hebrews 13:12
  3. Unity. To “equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, …” Ephesians 4:12-13
  4. Presence. “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19
  5. Love. “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35

Jesus is our High Priest sitting at the right hand of God always making intercession for us, praying for those who are called by His name, Hebrews 7:25-28.

My prayer

Father, thank You for sending Jesus to earth to serve Your creation and to pay for our sins on the cross and then to be raised from the dead to sit at Your right hand to pray for His followers. Show me how to walk in the five prayer promises we see in the prayer of Jesus. These are His priorities for His followers, priorities that I need to focus on. Thank You for preserving this prayer. Cause me to abide in this prayer. Thank You, Jesus, for Your love. Amen.

Share how you are walking these prayer promises in the Comment Section above.

From heart to God’s promises

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“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” Matthew 5:10-12

Jesus saw the multitudes and retreated up to a mountain, and when His disciples came to Him, He taught them the upside down principles of His kingdom. The Beatitudes describe the mature heart of a follower of Jesus and the progression of promises that flow from that heart’s journey towards the kingdom of heaven.

The kingdom of heaven enfolds the Beatitudes, as the first “blessedness,” “poor in spirit,” and the last “blessedness,” “persecution,” end with the promise that the kingdom of heaven is that follower’s future.

Throughout His ministry, Jesus taught that the kingdom of heaven was at hand.

State of the heart

It’s an upside down kingdom, a kingdom that values a person who recognizes that he is nothing on his own, that he is poor in spirit. He mourns over that broken state, and that creates a meekness or gentleness. When a follower in the kingdom of heaven realizes that he needs what Jesus has, he hungers and thirsts for righteousness. Because of this longing, he realizes that others can do nothing apart from Jesus, and he has mercy on them. His heart is focused upon one thing, purely the will of Jesus. This kingdom citizen experiences peace with God and strives to bring others into this peace and peace with each other. Persecution follows, as the world does not understand the follower of this upside down kingdom.

What if we understood the state of our heart in light of the heart of Jesus?

Seven promises

Seven is the number of perfection. The blessed ones possess these great and precious promises.

  1. Kingdom of heaven
  2. Comfort
  3. Inherit the earth
  4. Satisfaction
  5. Mercy
  6. See God
  7. Called the sons of God

The drawing below illustrates the traits of the heart’s desire and the promises that follow.

The persecuted are promised the kingdom of heaven as are the poor in spirit. Jesus adds that their reward is great.

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What if we set our hearts’ desires upon possessing these promises?

My prayer

Jesus, thank You for the Beatitudes. Cause them to sink deep into our hearts and minds. Teach us their truth, their fullness, and their richness. Oh, Lord, we love You and long for the kingdom of heaven, for your comfort, to inherit the earth, for the satisfaction that comes from Your righteousness, for Your gracious mercy. We want to see You as You are, and we desire to be called the sons of God. Bless us and pour out Your Holy Spirit upon us to overflowing. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.

Please share your thoughts about the Beatitudes and the promises they hold.

A Promise Walk for 2016

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Did you know that God has promises for you in His Word, the Bible? One person found over 3,500 promises in the Bible.

Christians take Bible promises for their own all the time. They learn what the Bible has to say about the promise, and they pray for the promise to become reality. After a month or two and nothing happens, they decide that the promise is not for them and redirect their focus on another promise, always seeking a quick manifestation of the promise.

Many Christians do not know how to possess God’s promises. They quote Bible promises, and they feel good. However, they do not step out in faith and act upon the promises. Christians may acknowledge that God’s promises are for them, but they need to be equipped to walk towards God’s promises focusing upon the joy and the promise set before them.

In 2016, I want to walk with you on an adventure, a Promise Walk. What if  you and I walk towards the exceedingly great and precious promises that God has in store for us?

Want to walk this path with me?

In the “Comment” section, tell us the promises you want to explore. We’ll explore them together, taking the context into consideration as well as the entire Word of God … no “name it and claim it.” Straight from the Word of God.

Here’s a promise:

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. James 1:5-6

First, let’s ask God for wisdom and His will.

It’s bold.

It’s a bit scary.

It’s an adventure of a lifetime.

My prayer:

Father, You alone are worthy; You alone are the Almighty; You alone are wise; You alone are powerful; You alone equip Your children to possess Your promises, and through the promises, we are able to bless others. Give us wisdom as we embark on this adventure. We want to learn of You, learn of Your promises for us, learn how You want us to walk this earth. Thank You for equipping us to accomplish Your works that You prepared from before the foundation of this world. We love You, Lord, and wait upon You in 2016.

What’s the promise God has put on your heart? Share it in the “Comment” section.

Happy New Year and New You!

 

Is God your strength? Sing for Joy!

Calla Lilies
Sing for joy to God our strength;
Shout joyfully to the God of Jacob.
Raise a song, strike the timbrel,
The sweet sounding lyre with the harp.
Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
At the full moon, on our feast day. Psalm 81:1-3
Father, the God of our ancestors, the God of the Israelites, I praise You. I lift my voice towards heaven, and sing You a new melody. I clap my hands and lift my hands. You alone created the marvelous light. You hung the moon and the stars in the heavens to light our darkness. We set aside a feast day to celebrate what You have done for us.
Indeed, when we waited upon You, You said:
You called in trouble and I rescued you;
I answered you in the hiding place of thunder Psalm 81:7
You led the Israelites by the hand into the Promised Land, and You lead Your children, Your followers today into the promises You have for us.
Thank You for Your steadfast faithfulness, lovingkindness and Your own dear Son, Jesus, the Messiah.
Sing for joy to God our strength!
Share the joy … tell the readers how God is leading you.