John 17:1–12 (ESV)
The High Priestly Prayer
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.”
Most of us know the Lord’s Prayer: “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name…” This is called the Lord’s
Prayer, but it is really our prayer taught to us by Jesus. The prayer that should be called the Lord’s Prayer is today’s text (and tomorrow’s). This is the prayer Jesus prayed. Notice who the focus is in his prayer.
There is a focus between Jesus and the Father. There is also a focus on us. This prayer from Jesus to his Father is for our benefit. It seems that our prayers are often self-centered, while Jesus prayers are not, they are focused on
us. Notice that his prayer is for believers, not for those of the world. Also notice that he is praying for those who the Father has given him. This hints at election, where God is in control of our Salvation. Well, it is God who gives
us faith (eph 2:8-9). How can we claim credit to something that is in God’s control?
I pray: O Lord, help me to remain in the faith and to not reject it. Help me to nourish the faith you
have given me with your Word and Spirit. Amen.