You would probably guess by the title of this post that I’m referring to the whole “Our Father Who Art in Heaven” prayer, but I’m not.
Instead, I am referencing the prayer that Jesus prayed for His disciples in John 17. As I was reading through it yesterday, I began to feel Jesus pray for each of His followers the same prayer. Not only was it His heart for His disciples, but it’s His heart for you and for me, which becomes evident in John 17:20 when Jesus prayed, “I do not ask on behalf of these [disciples] alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word.”
Now I know we all lead busy lives, but if you can give this post the next 10 minutes, I think you would find it beneficial. This isn’t a very long post, but I think it’s important that you really know Jesus’ prayer for you. After all, we’re always asking to know His will for our lives, right? Well, when God prays a prayer for you, it’s a pretty good sign as to what kind of things your life should revolve around. So, either turn on some worship music for the next few minutes and read on, or just sit in silence and read on.
Holy Spirit, I pray that you illuminate Your love and Your will to every reader right now as You write of your desires to us in this passage:
6“I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.
7“Now they have come to know that everything You have given Me is from You;
8for the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that I came forth from You, and they believed that (S)You sent Me.
9“I ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Me; for they are Yours;
10and all things that are Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I have been glorified in them.
11“I am no longer in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are.
12“While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled.
13“But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves.14“I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
15“I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.
16“They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17“Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.
18“As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.
19“For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.
20“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;
21that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
22“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;
23I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.
24“Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
25“O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me;
26and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
Now that you’ve taken some time to browse through this, let’s take a quick look at some of the points Jesus prayed over us:
- That we would be kept in God’s name. (v11)
- That we would be one even as Jesus and the Father are one. (v11; 21-22)
- That Jesus’ joy would be full in us. (v13)
- That we would be kept from the evil one while being in the world and not of it. (v14-16)
- That we would be sanctified in the truth of God’s Word. (v17)
- That we would be with Jesus where He is and see His glory. (v24)
What was the biggest prayer throughout this passage?
That we would be one as He and the Father are one. He desires us to be one with each other. He desires us to be one with Him. Or in other words, we are to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love our neighbors as ourselves.
I encourage you to hide this passage in your soul so that you understand who you are to Him and in Him.