James River Church – Sermon Notes – Pastor John Lindell
- John 17 – Jesus is soon to be nailed to the cross.
- Jesus is trying to communicate last tidbits for his disciples.
- What is vital for them to know…What needs to be passed on.
- The disciples discern the importance of prayer in Jesus’ life..
John 14:13-14 – Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. (John 14:13, 14 ESV)
John 15:7 – If you abide in me, and my words abide in you. ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
John 16:23-24 – In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. (John 16:23, 24 ESV)
- Jesus is/has encouraged his disciples to pray.
Hebrews 5:7 – In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. (Hebrews 5:7 ESV)
3 Insights on Prayer:
1. We should pray about the task God has called us to do.
John 17:1-26 – When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. “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. All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 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 because you loved me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” (John 17:1-26 ESV)
- God has called all to pray.
- Each of us will be evaluated on how we used our time for Christ.
- How have we used our gifts for God. How have we used or ignored our “calling?”
John 14:9 – Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? (John 14:9 ESV)
- God’s will is neither automatic or easy. God’s will employed in our lives is a partnership as part of our journey of sanctification.
- Eternal life is not a “quantity of life.” – People will live forever in Hell without Jesus.
- Eternal life is “quality of life” – knowledge of God (father and son) and relationship with the triune Godhead.
- Knowledge is not head knowledge but doing life together – walking/running in relationship with Christ & the Holy Spirit.
John 12:40-41 – “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them.” Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him. (John 12:40, 41 ESV)
Isaiah 6:1-4 – In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. (Isaiah 6:1-4 ESV)
We will never be able to give Jesus all the glory he deserves.
Jesus is worthy.
2. We should pray for the people God has given us to influence.
- Are we praying for “Our Pack” – not just family – “Pack” is all of those within your circle of influence.
Jesus prays for:
a) Unity – John 17:22 – Unity is vital to the work of the God. Division is a device of Satan. Fight Satan, not each other.
God is not bothered by denominational variety.
Jesus prayed that he gospel would be preached to all the earth. Unity does not equal unanimity. Difference of perspective is ok.
Unity does not equal uniformity.
Acts 1:14; Acts 2:1 Spiritual enthusiasm is the key – not location. They were all dialed into the mission.
b) Joy – John 16 – The Joy of The Lord is our strength. Joy is based in God, not circumstances. Joy is based on excitement in God’s mission, His victory.
c) Protection – John 17:14-15; 1 John 5:18
Jesus prays that his disciples be protected from the evil one.
d) Sanctification – John 17:17-18 – Set apart your people for destiny.
3. We should pray for those who are yet to be saved.
John 17:20 – I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, (John 17:20 ESV)
- Pray for the unsaved
- those who have “yet to come”
- to your life-group, to your circle of influence, with you to church.
- Pray for all of the different “varieties of unsaved.”
- Matthew 9:36-38 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:36-38 ESV)