This morning (or evening) I want you to do something VERY different. Find a private place, get down on your knees (unless you have knee problems or the floor is 35 degrees) and simply read line by line, Jesus’ longest recorded prayer, given just before His trial and crucifixion. Imagine Jesus praying that prayer, that night, with His disciples who had just had their feet washed by Christ and taken the first Lord’s Supper. After you read each phrase, ask God for greater clarity and personalize each line. (Example: “Father, the time has come…” “Lord, teach me to accept the things that come in Your timing; to wait when You say ‘wait’ and go when You say ‘go”’)
Read John 17
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.