While reading through this chapter, I am flooded with lots of thoughts, lots of praise, and in awe that Jesus would pray for the disciples (17:6-18) and not only them but for us (17:20-26). I wonder if we all crossed HIS mind while praying. (just my wonder at HIS infinity) Also praying for HIM self, to return to the Glory in GOD’s presence that HE had before the world began. (17:5)
John 17 is a prayer. Jesus (God the Son) prayed to God (God the Father) for HIMself to be glorified having completed the work that HE was sent to do.
Interesting-(v.3) Now this is eternal life; that they may know you, the only true God,and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. (NIV)
Jesus prayer for the disciples is for unity (v. 11) and protection against the evil one (v.15). This is also in the prayer that Jesus modeled in “Lord’s Prayer” Matt. 6:13…”deliver us from the evil one” . In every chapter of John we see over and over HIS divinity, and the authority that God has given HIM, the power to forgive sins, and to save. At times is seems repetitious, and we must not allow the familiarity of it all to cause us to fall to complacency. HE is God the Son, and HE is man…on HIS knees praying for those the Father has given to HIM…for them to KNOW GOD, and to be with HIM, to Share in the LOVE that they have for each other and for the believer to be filled with Love. Amazing! If this isn’t enough…then Jesus prayed for me, and HE prayed for you, the believers who believe because the Gospels were written…Thank you Jesus.
A Prayer for you, by the Son of God (and yes I believe the SON gets what HE asks for)
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.”(NASB)
Oh Praise HIM! The creator of the Universe, Holy, and Pure…your creator, did not just send you off to figure this all out on your own, HE is making things clear to us through HIS spirit, and was on HIS knees for you and me…yes its that personal! Embrace it…
(for the rest of the study posts and days go here, please do read them)