The Lord Jesus was a man of prayer. The Son of God, the Second Member of the Trinity, needed to pray! He became fully human and humans need to pray! Some of His prayers were for the benefit of others. Just before He raised His friend Lazarus from the dead, we read, 41 “So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” (Jn. 11). Allowing others to eavesdrop on His pray was important to the Lord Jesus — it was so “they may believe that you sent me.”
Here in John 17, Jesus is alone with His Father. And His prayer is rich and personal. But His requests are for His disciples. Let’s notice this section one more time —
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. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 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. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 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.
What does He pray for concerning His disciples? First of all, He gives thanks that His followers have obeyed God’s Word and have accepted the words Jesus gave them (vv. 6-7). Second, they believed that the Father sent the Son (v. 8). Third, Jesus states that “glory has come to me through them” (v. 10). Wow. Embarrassment, certainly. But glory? Fourth, He prays for His disciples who will remain in the world and continue His work (v. 11). We will look a bit at the believer in the world in our next post. Today? Bring glory to the Lord Jesus! (to be continued)