Prayers of Jesus - Prayer for Pastors
One of the best known prayers of Jesus for pastors is Jesus' prayer at the Last Supper for His disciples, the first pastors of His Church.
The Gospel writer John, one of the 12 apostles, known as the Apostle of Love because of his close love for Jesus, records many of the teachings of Jesus at the Last Supper.
It is lengthy, taking up 5 chapters, John chapters 13-17. Especially if you are a pastor, it is well worth reading, meditating, and praying over the instructions and examples of Jesus in these chapters, because this message of Jesus is for you.
The last chapter, chapter 17, is the prayers of Jesus to His Heavenly Father for His disciples.
These prayers are not just for pastors, but all believers, because Jesus mentions this in verse 20.
It is also known as the Unity Prayer, because Jesus prays for unity between His disciples and Himself and the Heavenly Father, in verse 21.
As always, I recommend you prayerfully read your own favorite version of the bible, because I won't quote it all here, but just a few verses.
Highlights of the Unity Prayers of Jesus
"My prayer is … for those you have given me, because they belong to you. (verse 9)
"Holy Father, keep them in care for them – all those you have given me – so that they will be united just as we are." (verse 11)
"And now I am coming to you. I have told them many things while I was with them so they would be filled with my joy." (verse 13)
"Make them pure and holy by teaching them your words of truth. As you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world." (verse 17 – 18)
"I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me because of their testimony. My prayer for all of them is that they will be one, just as you and I are one, Father – that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me." (verse 20 – 21)
"O righteous Father, … I have revealed you to them and will keep on revealing you. I will do this so that your love for me may be in them and I in them." (verse 26)(NLT)
A Shorter Pastor Prayer - The Thanksgiving Prayer of Jesus
Another one of the beautiful prayers of Jesus, that is very fitting for us pastors, and is a very important lesson for us at the same time, is found in Luke chapter 10.
I consider it my website theme prayer!
- It's a great Thanksgiving prayer.
- It's appropriate for Thank-Your-Stars.com
- Our "stars" are usually ordinary people we often overlook - but God doesn't.
- It's a reminder to us leaders stay humble and childlike.
- It's short and sweet - one verse long.
- These are prayers of Jesus Himself for us.
- We can pray it too - with Jesus!
My Website Theme Prayer - The Thanksgiving Prayer of Jesus
"Then Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit and said, 'O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding the truth from those who think themselves so wise and clever, and for revealing it to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way.' " (NLT Luke 10:21)
Jesus then went on to teach a little bit about this to His disciples, and then privately told them what a privilege it was for them to see and hear what many prophets and kings had wanted to see and hear but couldn't.
It's a great sermon format for Thanksgiving day, for pastor celebration, and for all sermons in general ... to open with a prayer like the prayer of Jesus, and then to continue with relevant teaching.
Or, to say a prayer right in the middle of the sermon, related to the sermon. This teaching and prayer of Jesus is an excellent example of this also.
That's because, the 72 disciples had just returned from an exciting mission trip. They made a joyful report to Jesus that they were able to make even devils obey them in His name. Jesus told them not to rejoice just because they could do this, but more importantly, because their names were written in heaven. And then He broke out in this joyful Thanksgiving prayer.
It's a good reminder for all of us that it's not what we do but where were headed that counts - and to make sure that we are headed in the right direction.
A reminder that we should be always deeply grateful for the graces and blessings we have received, because we certainly don't deserve to know and live the truth Jesus teaches us.
A reminder of the importance of being childlike - not childish - by a simple and humble acceptance of the truth.
Yep, we got to be real careful we don't get too big for our britches or we'll miss the boat !!!
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