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Devotions for Life

The Prayer Of Our High Priest

“You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life” (John 17:2).

As I read Jesus’ prayer recorded in John 17, I am amazed at His concern for others and for the glory shown the Father. Jesus is only a short time away from His torture and death. Throughout His ministry, Jesus has demonstrated His obedience to the Father and His caring for people. Perhaps this prayer shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Jesus begins by giving the Father glory for granting Him all authority over all flesh. Jesus also acknowledges that all His followers are given to Him by the Father. The purpose stated is so
the Son may give them eternal life.

After His resurrection and before His ascension back to heaven, Jesus said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18b). Paul further states that the name of Jesus is above all names, those in heaven and on the earth will bow to Him, and everyone will acknowledge Jesus as Lord (Philippians 2:9-11). This gives glory to the Father (Philippians 2:11b).

Our great high priest, Jesus the Son of God (Hebrews 4:14), begins this prayer in John 17 asking that He may be glorified so that He may glorify the Father. He gave up that glory when He became like us.

Following the example of Jesus, we need to always give glory to our Father. We need to praise our Father, and we should boast about Jesus and the Father. Only God is perfect and worthy of being glorified.

We should accept the fact that only Jesus has real authority. We need to want to learn and keep His word and please Him with our thoughts, words, and actions.

Song: “Glorify the Lord with Me”

Holy Father, only You, Your Son, and the Spirit are truly worthy of honor and praise. Help me to bend my knee to Jesus willingly. In my Lord Jesus’ name. Amen.

Ed Wittlif, Denver, Colorado

Treasure: Lost And Found

“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field. . . (Matt. 13:44).

I was seven when I began to understand treasures and their value. The city widened our street, cutting six feet from our front yard. A steam shovel was parked along the curb for heavy digging and a steam roller for later paving. A worker noted my interest and said he found some coins along our drive and that maybe I’d find treasure too.


It’s Not Over Until It’s Over

Scripture: “Let the one who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12, NKJV).

The weekend of April 11, the University of Oregon hosted the Pepsi Team Invitational. Ordinarily, that news wouldn’t interest us much. Track & field events seldom attract as much attention as football or basketball. However, one particular event that Saturday sparked world-wide interest because, unfortunately, it resulted in one athlete becoming an international laughingstock.