Today’s Bible Reading:
The Prayer of Jesus
1After saying all these things, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. 2For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. 3And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. 4I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. 5Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.
6“I have revealed you to the ones you gave me from this world. They were always yours. You gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7Now they know that everything I have is a gift from you, 8for I have passed on to them the message you gave me. They accepted it and know that I came from you, and they believe you sent me.
9“My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. 10All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory. 11Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are. 12During my time here, I protected them by the power of the name you gave me. I guarded them so that not one was lost, except the one headed for destruction, as the Scriptures foretold.
13“Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy. 14I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 16They do not belong to this world any more than I do. 17Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. 19And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.
20“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.
22“I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. 24Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!
25“O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me. 26I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.”
Verse of the Day:
Today’s reading is a prayer from Jesus up to His Father in heaven. They are still on their way to the Mount of Olives into Gethsemane.
Here is an overview of everything that has happened up to this point in our readings:
As you can see, we are at the very last events before Jesus gets arrested. Indeed, the hour has come.
Some of the parts that stood out to me from the prayer in today’s reading:
- Jesus recognizes the only way to eternal life – to know God and Jesus Christ.
- Jesus is asking God to bring himself back into the same place in heaven that they shared together before he came to earth.
- He prays for those that have believed in him – those that he will be leaving here on earth – that God would protect them and keep them safe from Satan.
- Just like God sent Jesus into the world, Jesus is sending those who believe into the world to tell others. Then he talks about being the holy sacrifice so that they can be made holy.
- Jesus clarifies that is not only praying for his disciples, but for everyone who will ever believe in Him – that’s me and you!!
This is the last prayer that we see recorded in John before Jesus is arrested. Jesus knew the time was at hand, yet His words were so calm and collected.
We might expect this to be the part where Jesus is asking God to reconsider, but no. He has fully accepted everything that is about to happen and he is asking God to help those that he is leaving behind.
I believe this strength and calmness came from all the times that Jesus has spent in prayer. The same is for us – the more time we spend in prayer and reading God’s Word – the more strength we have and calmness to face the chaos of this life.
How about you? Can you look back over the times in your life when you spent the most time with God in prayer and see how He helped see you through?
God, help us all to crave more of you, more time with you. Give us the strength to face life and everything that comes our way. When we find ourselves stressed and overwhelmed, let us come directly to Your throne to find our peace and comfort. Amen.