John 17:1 “Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify you.”
On April 20, 1999, Rachel Scott lay dying from gunshot wounds at
Columbine High School when the shooters came back to taunt her.
They lifted her head up by her ponytail as she lay in pain and asked
her one simple question – Do you believe in God? She answered,
“Yes.” The gunman then shot her again, killing her. A year earlier
Rachel had written in her diary that she was willing to sacrifice
everything she had for the sake of following Christ. She had no idea
how prophetic her words would prove to be.
In John 17:1 Jesus is praying toward the fulfillment of His mission.
He asked the Father to glorify Himself through the glorification of
Jesus. What did this prayer entail? The writer of Hebrews reminds
us in Hebrews 12:3, “Who (Jesus) for the joy that was set before Him
endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the
right hand of the throne of God.” The Kingdom moves forward as we
die to self in our prayers. How are you doing?
• Ask the Father to identify areas in your life that you need to die to
• Pray for the church in America to die to self and focus on seeing
God’s will accomplished