The Prayer of Jesus for You
What we can be comforted in brothers and sisters is the fact that Jesus will always be with us through trials and tribulations, through persecutions, through sickness, whatever our walk of life, Jesus will be with us, We just have to keep our ears and our eyes fixed upon Him. I think a lot of us think that God just gave His Son to us to get us out of our problems, and sometimes Jesus does heal us when we are sick and get us out of certain problems, but a lot of times He allows us to go through these trials and tribulations to refine us. And He doesn’t let us get away easy. Remember that Jesus prayed to His Father wanting to NOT go to the cross, He was pleading if there was ANY other way, please let there be another way (Yet God didn’t even grant escape from pain even to His only Son) Jesus was a man (who felt pain and suffering) of course He didn’t want to die and take that suffering and rejection from His Father, but He did it out of complete obedience to His Father and out of love for us. I want us to read the prayer of Jesus today when He prays for Himself, His disciples and for you and me, because it really shows Jesus’s heart, how He wants to obey His Father, How His Father and Him are one and How He wants us to be also one with Him. So I’m going to read from John chapter 17:
Jesus Prays for Himself 17 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.”
This is just more proof that IS GOD, He was in existence with His Father BEFORE the entire world was created… so anyone who is saying that Jesus isn’t worthy to be worshiped or that He was just born of Mary and didn’t exist BEFORE that, would be lying to us… SO Jesus goes on to say;
Jesus Prays for His Disciples 6 “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. 7 Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. 8 For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. 9 “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours.”
Jesus has a very specific goal, and His goal is not to save the world meaning worldly people, (Jesus did not come to preserve the worldly way, governments etc…) people that don’t care about His Kingdom, but He is coming to save those what know they are sick and know they are in need of a Savior, those who will put their faith in Hi that will repent and be part of HIS Kingdom, not the kingdom of the world… and that’s why we see Jesus here saying He doesn’t pray for the world, but for those whom His Father have given Him..
10 “And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition,(that is Judas) that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.
See, Jesus isn’t praying that we can just escape the persecution and the problems of the world but that we could escape the snares of Satan that leads to death, that we would be a light to people in this world, to all humanity, to all people. Jesus is the one true Light, but He also makes us lights that’s why Jesus said; “You are the Light of the world, let your light so shine… So that’s what we want to do here in this world…
16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. Jesus Prays for All Believers 20 “I do not pray for these alone, (meaning the 12 disciples) but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;”
In other words He’s praying for YOU, He’s praying for me, He’ praying for all of those gentiles who are not Jews who will come into the faith and believe that Jesus is GOD that He is LORD and that He will wash us clean of our sins.
21 “…that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. 24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. 26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
So these are the words of Jesus, His prayer to His Father and this prayer is for you that you may accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior that you may come into the truth and love Him, love JESUS with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, that you may be one also with His Father. Do you have the love of Jesus in your heart? If you do, you have to come out of sin, come out of worldliness, come out of the temptations of this world and forsake all. Count the cost to following Jesus, don’t be ashamed of Him and His words and His gospel. Turn your back on evil, turn your back on this world and by doing so you will become one with your Father in heaven, just as Jesus is one with His Father. May the grace of Jesus be with you.