Tuesday, March 20, 2018

3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. - John 17:3-5
We use the Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew 5 as the model prayer to learn and pray because Jesus said pray like this. Many of us have prayed it thousands of times and many churches include it in its worship liturgy each week. It’s powerful. It’s complete. Jesus just began praying in John 17. No introductory remarks. He wasn’t teaching. He was pouring out his heart for his people. It was a model prayer. These few verses where he prayed for himself show us the humility of his heart and at the same time instructs us on how to first pray for ourselves. Praying for ourselves is difficult and takes humility so that it doesn’t become selfish. Oh yes, we have needs and they shouldn’t be neglected, but we also have a need to glorify the Father and to do his work within his will for our life. The Father then gives glory to us contrary to our human nature to glorify ourselves. Doing his work within his will magnifies everyone’s chief aim of lifting up eternal life and the need to know Christ and his Father. When we pray this way, seeking his way and his will then we have freedom to bring our needs before the throne of grace. Let’s glorify him as He then glorifies us.
Heavenly Father, we pray our lives will glorify you so you may in turn glorify us. May all we do point people to eternal life. May we be people of prayer always desiring to be in conversation with you to be living according to your way and in your will. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.   
Fast: Self-confidence is a highly valued attribute. But when it comes to our hearts, God-confidence is our only hope. Self is a poor discerner of self, whether or not it is confident. God searches our hearts and minds and His faithfulness is worthy of our trust. Peter could not see his fault line. But Jesus did. In the same way, we do not fully know our hearts. But Jesus does. Today, fast self-confidence and rest deeply in Jesus’ promise that the Holy Spirit will guide you into all the truth. - Alicia Britt Chole from “40 Days of Decrease. A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast.”