Praying Jesus’ Own Prayer
Oh God, how I love Your own prayer, which You prayed not only for those who followed You two thousand years ago, but also for us, today. I rejoice that You have authority over everyone; that You give eternal life to _____, who was given to You, that You made it possible for _____ to know You, the only true God and Jesus Christ. Thank you that You finished the work and are glorified now and are even now, praying to keep _____ through Your name. Thank You that You are praying that _____ will be one with You. Thank You that none of those whom You were given have been lost and _____ has not been lost. Thank You that _____ can have Your joy fulfilled in himself because You have given them Your Word and even though the world hates us, You are not praying that we be taken out of the world, but that You would keep us from the evil one. You pray for _____’s sanctification by Your truth, Your Word. Thank You that it is Your desire that we all be one, even as You and the Father are one, that _____ may be made perfect in one and that the world would know that You have loved us, just as the Father loved You. Thank You that You desire that _____ would be with You where You are and that they may behold Your glory. Thank You that You have declared to _____ Your Name that the love with which the Father loved You, will be in _____ and You will be in _____. These truths are so astounding that I bow before You in awe and worship in the Spirit.
Do you want to pray with power? Personalize His prayer for us! This is how He prays for us. Can you imagine the Biblical authority packed into this passage? There is no weapon that the enemy can raise up against us when Jesus Himself is praying for us. As we repeat this prayer, aloud, the atmosphere around us is silent in awe. Meditate on this prayer from John 17 and camp on it for a spell. Don’t make the mistake of thinking this was for the disciples only because He makes certain that we know it is for all who believe in Him! See the majestic and intimate way Jesus is speaking to the Father about you, and your loved ones, and see how intimately involved He is with us; make note of how He repeats His strong desire that we will be one with Him and for unity in the body shown by our love for Him and for each other. This is truly Holy ground: (New Living Translation)
The Prayer of Jesus
After saying all these things, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. 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. I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.
I have revealed you to the ones you gave me from this world. They were always yours. You gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything I have is a gift from you, for I have passed on to them the message you gave me. They accepted it and know that I came from you, and they believe you sent me. My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory.
Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are. During my time here, I protected them by the power of the name you gave me. I guarded them so that not one was lost, except the one headed for destruction, as the Scriptures foretold. Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy. I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than I do.
Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.
I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.
Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began! O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me. I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.