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 creation of the world.
Moses prayed to see the glory of God, and that prayer was the culmination of the work of God in his life over many years. As a young man he wanted power. In his middle years he wanted protection. In his old age he wanted to be left alone to live a quiet life. God took Moses and taught him that the purpose of his life was not just for him to live as he chose, rather it was given him by God for God’s purposes, and Moses was to be God’s instrument to deliver the nation from Egypt and into Palestine. And not just to show them physical deliverance but to introduce them to the covenant into which God had called them.
Through the disturbing call of God in his life, Moses began to see that God was some One greater than he had known, and asked God to show him his glory (Exodus 33:12-23). God often has to disturb us in order to bless us. We want to be left alone, but God has a better plan, one that will result in our own blessing and a divine change in our lives.
But in the New Testament, we do not see man praying to see the glory of God, rather we see the God-Man praying that we might see His glory. “Oh, I know, pastor,” someone might say, “this is about heaven, that when we die we will see the glory of God when we are in Jesus’ presence.” Certainly in heaven we will be with Christ and we will see His glory, but this passage is not only about heaven. It is about the Spirit’s work in our hearts today. John 17 follows John 16 and there Jesus said about the Spirit, “He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you” (John 16:14-15).
The Spirit guides us into the truth about Christ and through revealing the meaning of His Word, He pulls back the curtain in our hearts that we may gaze upon His glory more perfectly. Knowledge leads us to this revelation but the Spirit takes us beyond what we can see and explain with words. Paul wrote, “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:17-19).
Has the Lord pulled back the curtain for you? Has He revealed to you the greatness of His love, a revelation and a reality that surpasses knowledge? There are some experiences with the Spirit that we cannot put into words, but the imprint on our souls and spirits should be one of hope and the deep awareness of His love for us. Let Him express His love for you.
God the Son prayed this prayer for you, according to the will of the Father, and all that is remaining is to receive this blessing through faith.