I’ve known a few preachers in my time who after they finished their sermon offered a rather lengthy prayer that was almost another sermon. In fact it appeared as if the recipient of that prayer was the congregation rather than God. That’s how I feel when I read John 17. John begins by saying:
When Jesus finished saying these things, he looked up to heaven and said: “Father the time has come. . . .” (Jn. 17:1).
There’s a lot of stuff packed into this prayer, much more than we can digest in one sitting. There is a word that is present in this prayer, however, that speaks to where we have been this past week. [Continue reading by clicking here]