John 17 Jan 17, 2022 12:50:02 GMT -5
Post by fearnot on Jan 17, 2022 12:50:02 GMT -5
John 17 contains the 'real' Lord's prayer.
The prayer in Matthew 6
was a sample or a pattern prayer for believers.
He said in Matthew:
"When YOU pray".
Since Jesus remained fully God, He did not ever sin,
and thus could not ( nor would not pray)
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors
But in John 17, Jesus prays as God the Son, to God the Father.
This is His prayer ( the Lord Jesus's prayer)
Father and Son oneness and intercession.
Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven,
He said, “Father, the hour has come;
glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You
Jesus looks up, because
( I think)
although God the Father is everywhere present,
His 'home' is Heaven.
“Can a man hide himself in hiding places
So I do not see him?” declares the Lord.
“Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?”
declares the Lord
But our God is in the heavens;
He does whatever He pleases
Of course this was not the only time Jesus looked up:
Here are a few other times:
And He took the five loaves and the two fish,
and looking up toward heaven,
He blessed the food and broke the loaves
and He kept giving them to the disciples to set before them;
and He divided up the two fish among them all
34 and looking up to heaven with a deep sigh,
He ( Jesus) said to him,
“Ephphatha!” that is, “Be opened!”
And for us:
Now when these things begin to happen,
look up and lift up your heads,
because your redemption draws near.
I am thinking, that perhaps, on the one hand
as an example for us
can be a type of symbol for us,
that God is soooo soooo much 'higher'
in every way to us.
On the other hand,
we might also pray looking down,
in humbleness like the tax collector did:
And the tax collector, standing afar off,
would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven,
but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!
Opps! That's a first,
I did not even get though the first verse
there is a whole other part.
I guess, it was because, I always focused on the 2nd part of verse one,
and today, I was struck more by the fact Jesus looked up when He prayed.
Done for today