By Brittany Gokalp (prophetic intercessor in Athens)
“Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me because You loved Me before the creation of the world.” John 17:24 (NIV)
Just before He was taken away to be tried, mutilated, and sentenced to death on a cross, Jesus prayed for you. He thought of you, He made intercession for you, He desired you. In this verse, we find Jesus lifting up to God every person that would believe in His gospel. Jesus knew you before you ever had a thought of Him. Even in His greatest trial, His words were that you would be with Him, eternally experiencing His glory. Jesus is not hiding His glory from us, He desires that we would see it. It’s not just any glory but the Ancient of Days type of glory. It was His before the creation of the world. It’s more than we can comprehend yet He makes it available to us. He says that He has given us the glory God gave Him that we, the Church, may be one like He and the Father are one. (v.22). This glory was given out of love. God gives glory because He loves. Jesus’s love for us prevailed on the cross and now we have been given His glory. His presence in us, through us, and around us is the manifestation of His glory, and unity in the Church is the result.
As the next Night of Glory (April 24) approaches, pray with great expectation that you would experience God’s glory. And pray that God would prepare every person who will be joining us, for coming into His glory! Jesus was confident that His intercession would prevail. Let us hold onto this confidence that every promise of God is yes and amen in Christ!
“Jesus, thank You that with unveiled faces we may behold Your glory. We are humbled that You would desire us and make a way for us to be in Heaven with You, eternally experiencing Your beauty. We pray that You would manifest Your glory to us that we may be one as You and the Father are one. We declare every stronghold and darkness would be broken so that nothing keeps us from seeing You fully. Remove all that hinders, so all that remains is love. Amen.”