Thematic Studies

Prayer

After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: "Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." (John 17:1-3)

The true Lord's Prayer in John 17:1-3 has been called the holy of holies of the New Testament. Every believer in Jesus Christ can pray this prayer! This prayer was designed to teach us how to pray.

Jesus Teaches on Prayer
Why Pray? Luke 18:1-8
The Nature of Prayer Luke 18:9-14
How Jesus Prayed Luke 11:1
The Pattern Prayer Luke 11:2-4
When Prayer Becomes Personal Luke 11:3-4
Prayer's Certainties Luke 11:5-13
Praying Together Matthew 18:18-20
The Holy Spirit and Prayer John 14:12-17
The True Lord's Prayer John 17:1-3
Prayer's Possibilities Today John 17:4-8
Christ Prays for You John 17:9-19
The Prayer for Unity John 17:20-26
Old Testament Prayer
The Beginning of Prayer Genesis 3:8-13
Prayer's Anchor Genesis 18:22-33
Prayer's Essentials Genesis 32:9-32
Prayer's Possibilities Numbers 11:4-34
Prayer's Practicality 1 Chronicles 4:9-10
Prayer's Fruitfulness 1 Samuel 1:1 - 2:11
Prayer's Frontiers 2 Chronicles 6:12-40
Prayer's Humility Daniel 9:1-23
Prayer's Relationships Job 42:5-10
Prayer's Resources 2 Chronicles 14:2 - 16:12
Prayer's Delays Habakkuk 1:1 - 3:19

What is commonly known as The Lord's Prayer begins as a call to Our Father who art in heaven. But this is not actually the Lord's prayer at all — it is the disciples' prayer, the prayer the Lord taught each of us to pray. The true Lord's Prayer is found in John 17. It has been called the holy of holies of the New Testament, for in the shadow of the cross our Lord gathered his disciples in the Upper Room, and in their presence prayed for them before his Father in heaven.

Jesus deliberately prayed this prayer aloud in the presence of his disciples because he wanted them to hear it — and us as well! The basic relationships that Jesus expresses in his prayer between himself and His Father are also the relationships that obtain between Jesus and us. There is a very real sense in which every believer in Jesus Christ can pray this prayer! This prayer was designed to teach us how to pray.

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