Prayer Establishes Our Refuge in God
The Real Lord’s Prayer
Scripture Reading: John 17:1-10
Key Verse: John 17:15
My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
My title for today’s devotional gives you a hint of what the Gospel of John 17 is all about. It is Jesus’ prayer—His longest. It is truly our Lord’s prayer. That which someone titled: “The Lord’s Prayer” is really a “disciple’s prayer.” Within Jesus’ lengthy prayer, we see Him praying for us, in reference to the evil one! Jesus understood the battle every follower would fight. The evil one didn’t leave the Son of God alone and he wasn’t about to leave his followers alone.
The good news in our Key Verse for today is: Jesus prayed for us. Note that Jesus didn’t pray that we would be taken out of this world. (There are times when I wish He would have!) Jesus prayed that we would be protected from the evil one while we lived in this world! Think about Jesus praying. Would the Father hear His prayer? Of course! Would Jesus pray that perfect prayer that the Father could answer? Absolutely! Therefore, we can conclude that we can have total victory over the evil one!
Are you battling a demon today? Is there some temptation that is plaguing you? Are you growing weary in that fight? Have you caved in far too many times? If so, read John 17—all of it. Read it slowly and thoughtfully. Listen for your victory. God wants to give us abundant life, free of the evil one’s distractions. We won’t avoid all temptations, but we can avoid all sin failures. Jesus is praying for you!
Father, I claim my victory by the power of Jesus’ prayers and work in me. Thank you for guiding me today! In Jesus’ Name, amen.