John 17:6-12 Jesus Prays For His Disciples 

Jesus prays a summary/supplication for the disciples. He is speaking aloud for their benefit (John 11:42). 

Summary-[6] “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.

[7] Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you.

[8] For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.

Supplication-[9] I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.

Summary-[10] All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them.

[11] I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. SupplicationHoly Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one.

Summary-[12]  While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

Jesus’ prayer for his disciples is confirmation of His intercession for them. He does for us, as well:

Hebrews 7:24-25 “but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.
[25] Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”

He also lets them know that they belong to God. Comforting words! Jesus prays for their protection from the evil one. Staying under the umbrella of His protection is key to victorious Christian living and a “happy” life. Judas didn’t…  He also prayed that they may have unity just like Jesus has with the Father. What a new concept! Think about it: Israel’s entire existence has been because of the Sinai Experience. Look at how they perceived God:

Exodus 19:12-13 “Put limits for the people around the mountain and tell them, ‘Be careful that you do not go up the mountain or touch the foot of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death.

[13] He shall surely be stoned or shot with arrows; not a hand is to be laid on him. Whether man or animal, he shall not be permitted to live.’ Only when the ram’s horn sounds a long blast may they go up to the mountain.”

Intimacy with God the Father was a new concept. They didn’t really understand until Pentecost. WE understand it, and teach it-maybe too well. Maybe we need to teach the fear of the Lord more often. 

More tomorrow!

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