The Prayer of a Wonderful Savior

The Prayer of a Wonderful Savior

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Each weekday morning, we’re going to spend a few minutes in a passage in John. Here’s the goal: read it, pray it, share it. Every post will have a passage of Scripture, a short prayer, and a question to meditate on and talk about. In a few minutes every day, we can prepare our hearts for all that God has planned in this season of Lent.

Read: John 17:1-12

When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, [2] since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. [3] And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. [4] I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. [5] And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

[6] “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. [7] Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. [8] For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. [9] I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. [10] All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. [11] And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. [12] While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. (ESV)

After Jesus arrives in the Garden of Gethsemane, and after he’s finished instructing his disciples, he turns his eyes to heaven and begins to pray. This prayer, Jesus’s longest recorded prayer in the Bible, is called the “High Priestly Prayer” because Jesus intercedes for us before God. Though he prays about the cross and his imminent death, his focus is on us - on you! - the very people he is going to die.

Notice what Jesus prays for: glory, eternal life, and defense. Isn’t it amazing to know that on Jesus's final night on earth, he prayed that we would know God? He prayed that we would be preserved, guarded, and protected until we see him again in the kingdom. What an incredible prayer. What a wonderful Savior!

Lord, I want to pray these words like Jesus did. Thank you for the gift of eternal life, knowing you. Glorify your Son and your name in every part of my life. Everything I have is from you. Protect me and keep me in your love. Amen

What are some of the ways God keeps and protects us? What does Jesus mean by “make them one, as we are one”?

How can you model your prayers on this prayer for the next few days? What’s something that challenges you in this prayer?
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