“I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.- John 17:6-9 ESV
Matthew 6:9-13 is mistakenly called The LORDS prayer. Jesus was instructing his disciples, answering the question, “Lord, teach us how to pray”. So Jesus said, “Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Jesus gave them an example, a MODEL prayer that many have just numbingly memorized and recite in some emotionless, rote diatribe that the WORLD calls “Praying”. Praying without UNCTION is CHECKING THE BOX!
Leader, John 17 is the LORDS PRAYER. Our Lord Jesus was getting ready to end one part of His journey, INCARNATE, and now enter the NEW phase of HIS JOURNEY; Crucifixion and Resurrection! There was a need for BLOOD, Paul told us the need for this NEW COVENANT in 1 Cor 15:36; When you put a seed into the ground, it doesn’t grow into a plant unless it dies first. Jesus knew that PRAYER would be the greatest NEED as they begin this new part of their journey together! So as we enter the NEW YEAR, I pray for you what JESUS prayed for all of us as you start this NEW part of your journey. Everything can be NEW if you CHOOSE JESUS this year! For the Bible tells us if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come! (2 Cor 5:17)
Conduit, for the NEW YEAR I pray that you DIE to yourself this year and you LIVE for CHRIST! Dear heavenly Father thank you LORD for NEW BEGINNINGS and new opportunities to KNOW you and to MAKE YOU KNOWN. I pray for my brother/sister Lord that they have a prosperous New Year one that finds them closer to the GOD they love and becoming more like HIM, as they go through the trials and triumphs that are in store for them in this New Year. Please Father I pray that DAILY you make us more LIKE YOUR SON, help us to become closer to You, help us to KNOW YOU better- by knowing HIM better, by spending MORE TIME in THE WORD, HIS WORD! Lastly LORD I pray that you allow us to be JESUS, to as many people as you will! ABBA we know that the only JESUS some people will ever see is the JESUS that we present with our HANDS, FEET and HEARTS! Please help us to bring you GREAT GLORY through our WORDS, THOUGHTS and ACTIONS this NEW YEAR! I ask this in the PRECIOUS, LIFE-GIVING name of JESUS the CHRIST! Amen.