Jesus spoke these things, looked up to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you gave him authority over all people, so that he may give eternal life to everyone you have given him. 3 This is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and the one you have sent — Jesus Christ. 4 I have glorified you on the earth by completing the work you gave me to do. 5 Now, Father, glorify me in your presence with that glory I had with you before the world existed.
6 “I have revealed your name to the people you gave me from the world. They were yours, you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me is from you, 8 because I have given them the words you gave me. They have received them and have known for certain that I came from you. They have believed that you sent me.
9 “I pray for them. I am not praying for the world but for those you have given me, because they are yours. 10 Everything I have is yours, and everything you have is mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by your name that you have given me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I was protecting them by your name that you have given me. I guarded them and not one of them is lost, except the son of destruction, so that the Scripture may be fulfilled. 13 Now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy completed in them. 14 I have given them your word. The world hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I am not praying that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 I sanctify myself for them, so that they also may be sanctified by the truth. — John 17:1-19 (CSB)
In a nutshell, we see prayer as medicine; Jesus sees it as food. We see prayer as a vitamin supplement to our strength; Jesus sees it as a whole new diet, a whole new way of living. There must be riches in prayer we don’t know anything about. We only pray when we feel like we’ve blown it. Jesus never blows it, but Jesus is praying all the time. – Tim Keller
The Posture & Purpose
POSTURE – Jesus spoke these things, looked up to heaven, and said, Father…
If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how he much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all. – J.I. Packer, Knowing God
PURPOSE – Mission. Identification. Glorification.
Is God an Egomaniac?
God is the one being for whom self-exaltation is the most loving act, because he is exalting for us what alone can satisfy us fully and forever. If we exalt ourselves, we are not loving because we distract people from the one person who can make them happy forever, God. But if God exalts himself, he draws attention to the one person who can make us happy forever, himself. He is not an egomaniac. He is an infinitely glorious, all-satisfying God, offering us everlasting and supreme joy in himself. – John Piper
God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in him. – John Piper
This is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and the one you have sent — Jesus Christ.
The Prized Possession
Are you celebrating how God views you?
1 Peter 2:9-10 – But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
PROTECTION (v. 11-12; 15-16)
Proverbs 18:10 – The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
UNITY (v. 11)
JOY (v. 13)
SANCTIFY IN TRUTH (v. 17)
If you are struggling with some sin, ask yourself this question: what lie am I believing? Behind sinful habits there is always a lie, and the tool for release is always “by the truth; your word is truth.” – Josh Moody?
MISSION (v. 18-19)
I sanctify myself for them, so that they also may be sanctified by the truth.
Hebrews 12:1-2 – Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?
A Prayer for Salvation
“Heavenly Father, I admit that I am weaker and more sinful than I ever before believed, but through your Son Jesus I can be more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope. I thank you that he lived the life I should have lived and paid the debt and punishment I owed. Receive me now for his sake. I turn from my sins and receive him as Savior. Amen.”