This podcast was recorded at the Disciple-Making Conference breakout session training and talks about how at the heart of discipleship is kingdom-focused prayer. With John 17 providing the backdrop, Chris Schofield challenges believers to consider Christ’s example and the priorities He modeled as He prayed to the Father. Schofield encourages Christians to look beyond themselves as they practice biblical prayer that emphasizes the moving forward of God’s kingdom.
Here is an excerpt from this podcast:
John chapter 17 is, to me, one of those pivotal passages of Scripture in the New Testament related to prayer. Of course, it is the largest body of material that we have in the New Testament related to Jesus and prayer. Jesus is in the midst of getting ready to go to the cross. We know that this moment in His life is that season, is that hour and that time when the passion is at hand. We understand that this time and this season is when He is focusing on the mission that the Father has sent Him on. What we see in this great prayer is really, to me, very phenomenal. It is the living out of the model prayer that we see in Matthew chapter 6. If people were to say, “Where does Jesus model that for His followers?” He models that in John 17. You see this eternal focus and this focus on the Father, a focus on hallowing and lifting up and exalting His holy name. It is one of those moments in Scripture, and it’s a very delicate moment when we get to go into the prayer closet with our Savior. We get to hear Him pray. We get to understand what He’s doing in prayer, and we get to see, literally, God’s prayer list as it unfolds in the heart and life of Jesus. It’s a tremendous passage of Scripture that warrants, in our lives, great attention because Jesus teaches us much about prayer and its role in making disciples. I chose this text because it is kingdom focused, and disciple-making is kingdom-focused. It is about the kingdom moving forward. If we’re ever going to see the kingdom of God come, and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven, then we as His people must look beyond ourselves in our praying.
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