When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your son so that your son may glorify you.”-John 17:1
We’ve come to the final chapter of the Upper Room Discourse. Jesus had broken bread with the disciples and had washed their feet. He had given them instructions for living well. He told them that he was leaving, but his Spirit was coming. He concluded in prayer.
John 17, often called the high priestly prayer, is the longest of Jesus’s recorded prayers. As I hope you will come to see, it is deeply relational. He did not begin with verbal flourishes or theological jargon, yet his words were powerful. He asked the Father to glorify him. In other words, Jesus prayed, “Father, make much of me, so that I in turn might make much of you.” The next day would be his trial and crucifixion, the turning point of history. His crucifixion and resurrection changed everything. His self-sacrifice brought glory to the Father, and glory to the Son.
Jesus, thank you for showing me how to pray. You instructed me in living a God-focused life, and you taught me what it looks like to bring honor to the Father. Help me to glorify you today. Amen.