Because my grandmas loved me, they prayed for me. No, really, consistently prayed for me. And I needed it as a young adult. (Still do!) Back in the day, before we were married, Randy and I commuted to the university each day together. We were always late so we drove a little faster than we should have to get to classes on time….to put it mildly. We drove old Corvairs, (some of you won’t even know what kind of car that is!) that barely held themselves together. They didn’t take much gas but used a ton of oil. Sometimes we would have to jump start them to be able to come back home! Without the prayers of my grandparents back then, I would hate to think what could have happened to us. We had many near misses, but God’s protection (specifically asked for), kept us safe.
Years later, I am even more grateful for those prayers. They are with Jesus celebrating. But, those passionate prayer warriors spur me to pray for my grandchildren…and children in the same ways.
As we come to the next passage, we are overwhelmed again at the thought that our Savior and Lord passionately prayed to God, our Father about us! He prays for his disciples but also prays for “those to come”. He knew then we would need Him, His prayers and His guidance. Be encouraged as we read Jesus prayer for us…as if you were reading it for the first time…
John 17, The Message
Jesus’ Prayer for His Followers
17 1-5 Jesus said these things. Then, raising his eyes in prayer, he said:
Father, it’s time.
Display the bright splendor of your Son
So the Son in turn may show your bright splendor.
You put him in charge of everything human
So he might give real and eternal life to all in his charge.
And this is the real and eternal life:
That they know you,
The one and only true God,
And Jesus Christ, whom you sent.
I glorified you on earth
By completing down to the last detail
What you assigned me to do.
And now, Father, glorify me with your very own splendor,
The very splendor I had in your presence
Before there was a world.
6-12 I spelled out your character in detail
To the men and women you gave me.
They were yours in the first place;
Then you gave them to me,
And they have now done what you said.
They know now, beyond the shadow of a doubt,
That everything you gave me is firsthand from you,
For the message you gave me, I gave them;
And they took it, and were convinced
That I came from you.
They believed that you sent me.
I pray for them.
I’m not praying for the God-rejecting world
But for those you gave me,
For they are yours by right.
Everything mine is yours, and yours mine,
And my life is on display in them.
For I’m no longer going to be visible in the world;
They’ll continue in the world
While I return to you.
Holy Father, guard them as they pursue this life
That you conferred as a gift through me,
So they can be one heart and mind
As we are one heart and mind.
As long as I was with them, I guarded them
In the pursuit of the life you gave through me;
I even posted a night watch.
And not one of them got away,
Except for the rebel bent on destruction
(the exception that proved the rule of Scripture).
13-19 Now I’m returning to you.
I’m saying these things in the world’s hearing
So my people can experience
My joy completed in them.
I gave them your word;
The godless world hated them because of it,
Because they didn’t join the world’s ways,
Just as I didn’t join the world’s ways.
I’m not asking that you take them out of the world
But that you guard them from the Evil One.
They are no more defined by the world
Than I am defined by the world.
Make them holy—consecrated—with the truth;
Your word is consecrating truth.
In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world,
I give them a mission in the world.
I’m consecrating myself for their sakes
So they’ll be truth-consecrated in their mission.
20-23 I’m praying not only for them
But also for those who will believe in me
Because of them and their witness about me.
The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind—
Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
So they might be one heart and mind with us.
Then the world might believe that you, in fact, sent me.
The same glory you gave me, I gave them,
So they’ll be as unified and together as we are—
I in them and you in me.
Then they’ll be mature in this oneness,
And give the godless world evidence
That you’ve sent me and loved them
In the same way you’ve loved me.
24-26 Father, I want those you gave me
To be with me, right where I am,
So they can see my glory, the splendor you gave me,
Having loved me
Long before there ever was a world.
Righteous Father, the world has never known you,
But I have known you, and these disciples know
That you sent me on this mission.
I have made your very being known to them—
Who you are and what you do—
And continue to make it known,
So that your love for me
Might be in them
Exactly as I am in them.
JOY made complete through Jesus Christ. He lives in us and we in Him. Why would we not trust Him? I don’t know.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for loving us this much and more, beyond our wildest imaginations! Thank you for the joy of our salvation. Thank you for your prayer for us that teaches us how important we are to you. You give us worth and value. The world does not. Continue to be with us.
In Jesus Name, Amen. I believe.