Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening he went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives, and all the people came early in the morning to hear him at the temple. (Luke 21:37-38)
This week someone close to me asked me to pray for her and her nephew. She’s a believer but told me she doesn’t pray. It saddened me because prayer is the only way to have a personal relationship with God, and His words show us how to follow Him.
Yesterday, I made a prayer available if you desired to make Jesus your Lord and Savior. It’s that easy to begin a relationship with Him. The next step is joining Him at the Mount of Olives for prayer and in the temple to hear His word. His apostle, John, was the only disciple to take advantage of praying with Jesus on the Mount of Olives during His last days. His Gospel, in John 17, is the only Gospel to quote Jesus’ beautiful prayers on Maundy Thursday. Included is a prayer for believers, and below I have adapted that prayer as one we can pray to become closer to God. John was also the only apostle to finish the journey to the cross with Jesus, the only one present to comfort Mary, His mother, and Mary Magdalene, His friend.
Righteous Father, reveal more of Yourself to me. Let me see the glory of Jesus as I finish my journey to the cross with Him. Give me Your glory and the love You have for Jesus. Just as You are in Jesus and Jesus is in You, include me, so I can be one with You also. Then I can help others believe You sent Jesus because You love them as You love me. Bring all Christians to complete unity, in Your love, as You will in heaven, to let the world know You sent Jesus because of Your love for them and that You love them as You love Jesus. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.