As a pastor I have found out over the years that you can tell a lot about a person by listening to his or her prayers.
a. *((illus))* Two men were adrift in an open boat in the ocean and it looked like the end.
For days they had been drifting.
Nobody had shown up, and they were dry, they were hungry, and the sun was beating down, and they knew the end had come.
One of the men knelt down in the boat and prayed: *"Oh Lord,* I've broken most of your commandments.
I've been a hard drinker, but if my life is spared now I'll promise you that I never will again . .
And about that time his companion tapped him on the shoulder and said, *"Wait a minute Jack.*
Don't go too far.
I think I hear a boat coming."
Here was a man who made deals, and he figured he could make deals with God.
*2. **You can tell a lot about a person by listening to their prayers.*
3. We come this morning to what is *The Real Lord’s Prayer*.
It is found in *John 17 (page 914)*
You will notice it is not the prayer many of us have prayed every Sunday in certain churches – “Our Father who art in heaven…”
i) That prayer was in reality is “The Disciples Prayer” as Jesus taught them in answer to their request to teach them how to pray.
ii) This prayer in John 17 the Lord's Prayer.
iii) It was prayed somewhere between the Upper Room institution of the Lord’s Supper and the Garden of Gethsemane.
iv) The disciples were privileged to watch and hear Jesus pray this intimate prayer to His heavenly Father.
4. A surface reading of these verses in John 17 will also show that it's divided into *three sections*.
a. :1-5 - Jesus prays for himself about his own glory that he had with his father before the foundation of the earth.
b. :6-19, Jesus prays for his immediate disciples.
c. :20-26, he prays for us specifically.
5. I'm not going to handle this the way the prayer is traditionally handled.
This morning I want to *TALK ABOUT THE ONE WHO PRAYED*.
As I said before, you can *tell a lot about somebody by listening to their prayers.*
6. *((illus))* In the mountains of North Carolina there was a mountaineer leaning against a tree when a tourist drove by and he noticed the mountaineer's house was on fire.
He said, *"Good man, your house* is on fire!"
The mountaineer said, "I know it."
"Aren't you going to do something?"
He said, "I am doing something.
Ever since the fire started, I've been praying for rain."
The man was lazy, and you could see the reflection of his nature in the prayer he prayed.
a. *((illus))* A little girl's brother set a trap to catch birds and the little girl thought it was wrong, and she was sad.
Then one day her demeanor changed.
Her mother asked what had happened.
*"I prayed for my brother* to be a better boy." "What else did you pray?" "That the trap would not catch any birds."
"What else?" the mother said.
"I went out and kicked the trap to pieces."
She was not a sitter; she was a doer.
She was going to help God out a bit.
b. *((illus))* You can tell a lot about people by the way they pray.
Or the little boy who prayed *"And God please make Jimmy quit throwing rocks at me* ... and by the way I've mentioned this before" is someone who felt he could manipulate God.
c. *((illus))** *You can tell a lot about people by the way they pray.
When the Westminster Assembly met to write the greatest confession in the history of Christendom, one of the divines prayed, *"Lord lead us aright* for we are very determined."
*((illus))* When the tax collector in Luke 18 prayed "Lord be merciful to me a sinner," you knew as much about the pray-ers as you did about the prayers.
In our text this morning we're given *an insight into the Son of God that you can't find any other place in the Bible so clearly.*
This is holy ground.
We must be very careful when we tread on it.
c. Let's examine the nature of the one who prayed.
*/1 When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the time has come.
Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you./*
*/2 For you have given him authority over everyone in all the earth.
He gives eternal life to each one you have given him./*
*/3 And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth./*
*/4 I brought glory to you here on earth by doing everything you told me to do./*
*/5 And now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began./*
*THE REAL LORD’S PRAYER*
*John 17:1-5 (page 914 )*
**JESUS HAD A DEEP RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FATHER*
There is *not one conditional sentence* in the whole prayer.
He prays as one who was *pre-existent*, who *had a relationship with God* before we ever knew the name of Jesus (John 17:5).
i) */Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began./*
ii) Paul says in Romans 8:26 that we do not know how to pray as we ought.
Well, *Jesus knew how to pray as he ought*, and this is exactly how he ought to pray.
ii) Because of the totally intimate relationship he had with the Father both in the flesh and before the foundation of the earth.
An interesting thing is happening here: *a conversation within the Trinity*.
i) Something so close, so intimate, it's almost as if one prays to oneself.
ii) *God is praying to God. *
e. *((illus))* Former NFL football player *Bill Glass* had a son named John—an all-state athlete in the eleventh grade, a 250-pound bruiser, the apple of his father's eye.
i) Then John had a knee injury that put him out for months and in the hospital for weeks.
One time Bill came home and couldn't find John.
Upstairs he noticed the door to his son's room was cracked just a bit, and his son was on the bed sobbing as if his heart would break.
ii) Bill said, "As I listened to my son cry, I wanted to do something, but I didn't know what to say.
So I stood outside that door and listened to him sob, and I said to myself, I will go in to my son and say to him, *"John it's OK, son.*
We're going to lick this thing.
Were going to ask the Lord to lead us.
We will find the best doctors.
We're going to lick this thing."
iii) So Bill finally pushed the door open, walked in, and then he started crying.
He put his hand on his son's shoulder, and the son looked up and noticed his dad crying and said, *"Dad, it's OK.
We're going* to lick this thing.
We'll ask the Lord to lead us, and we're going to be all right."
iv) In other words, *the son said to the father what the father was going to say to the son.*