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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Follow Jesus' Prayer For Believers

John 17:1

These words spake Jesus, and lift up His eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee.

This is our third series of discussions on the family; today's focus is on Jesus' prayer to God the Father where Jesus expresses His love for His followers. Jesus asked His Father to glorify Him so that He would glorify the Father.
Jesus' prayer is a perfect example of the Son's obedience to the Father, and it applies to pastors in loving their congregations as well as parent to their children and how they are to love  and care for their children.
Some of the prayer components are that the congregation and children know Jesus as Lord and Savior as well as establish a personal relationship with Him. The prayer should also include God to keep His protective hand to keep them from falling away from the church and ask God to keep them from falling prey to Satan's masterful tactics that destroys.  Pastors and parents are to make intercessory prayers for their congregations and children to maintain the faith and yield control of their lives to the Holy Spirit for their perseverance unto the end.
Godly pastors and fathers realize their role as the head of each, and that they are the keepers of the family. Each will be held accountable by God the Father.
Let me encourage pastors and fathers to honor God the Father by loving and honoring your church and family.
Love is at the core of Jesus' actions as it must be in pastors and fathers.
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