"Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you. (John 17:1 NRSV)
Here's a good story for football fans. Many of you may know the name Reggie White. Reggie was a defensive end for the Green Bay Packers. But he is also an ordained minister. Before signing a 17 million dollar deal with the Packers, White had said that he would look to God to tell him where to play. Later, Green Bay Coach Mike Holmgren confessed that he had left a message on White's answering machine that said, "Reggie, this is God. Go to Green Bay."

Today we want to focus for a few moments on prayer. But not just any prayer; we are focusing on a prayer from the lips of Jesus. Our lesson from John's gospel is often referred to as the "real" Lord's Prayer. It is the one that Jesus prays for his friends, the apostles. Jesus is about to depart from them, and He reviews everything that He has taught them and answers all their questions. There was only one more thing He could do for them.

He prayed for them.

Lord Jesus, continue to pray for me that I may know our father better. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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