Not everyone will like me for what I am about to suggest but here goes anyway. Our reading this morning from John 17 contains a prayer that I think is the real Lord's Prayer! The prayer that begins, “Our Father,” isn't really the Lord's Prayer, but should be called “Our prayer” or even “the disciples prayer” because it is a prayer that Jesus gave us to pray.
I think that the real Lord's Prayer is Jesus' prayer in John 17. In this prayer, as he prepares for his death, Jesus prays for us as he shows his strongest love and deepest longing. It’s an awesome prayer because instead of praying for himself or praying for courage or an easy death, he prays for his disciples and he prays for us. He prays that we may be one.
“Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me” Jesus’ prayer is a prayer for unity, that we might become one with each other and with God. It is a prayer that we be bound together with God.
Jesus is laying the foundation of his church and who he calls us to be. If we are one with God, everything will be as it should be. If we are one with God, nothing can shake our faith. And when we are one in God’s love we share his glory as he is truly glorified in all the earth.
Till next time. Andrew
This weeks readings: Acts 16:16-34, Psalm 97, Revelation 22:12-21, John 17:20-26
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Rev. Andrew Smith
Vicar of Light in the Hills