Sunday, April 20, 2008

Jesus' Prayer for His Disciples

Prays for His Followers


Jesus said these things; he looked toward heaven and prayed,

the time has come. Give glory to your Son so that the Son can
give glory to you.
gave the Son power over all people so that the Son could give eternal
life to
all those you gave him.
this is eternal life: that people know you, the only
true God,
and that they know Jesus Christ, the One you sent.
finished the
work you gave me to do, I brought you glory on
now, Father, give
me glory with you; give me the glory I had with
you before the world was made.

showed what you are like to those you gave me from the world. They

belonged to you, and you gave them to me, and they have obeyed
your teaching.
they know that everything you gave me comes from you.
gave them the
teachings you gave me, and they accepted them. They
knew that I truly came
from you, and they believed that you sent
am praying for them. I am not
praying for people in the world but
for those you gave me, because they are
I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And my glory is shown

through them.
am coming to you; I will not stay in the world any longer. But
are still in the world. Holy Father, keep them safe by the power of
name, the name you gave me, so that they will be one, just
as you and I are one.
I was with them, I kept them safe by the power of your name, the name

you gave me. I protected them, and only one of them, the one
worthy of
destruction, was lost so that the Scripture would come

am coming to you now. But I pray these things while I am still in the

world so that these followers can have all of my joy in them.
have given them
your teaching. And the world has hated them,
because they don’t belong to the
world, just as I don’t
belong to the world.
am not asking you to take them out
of the world but to keep them
safe from the Evil One.
don’t belong to the
world, just as I don’t belong to the
them ready for your service
through your truth; your teaching is
have sent them into the world, just
as you sent me into the
their sake, I am making myself ready to
serve so that they can be
ready for their service of the truth.

pray for these followers, but I am also praying for all those who
believe in me because of their teaching.
I pray that they can be one. As
you are in me and I am in you, I
pray that they can also be one in us. Then the
world will believe
that you sent me.
have given these people the glory that
you gave me so that they
can be one, just as you and I are one.
will be in them
and you will be in me so that they will be
completely one. Then the world will
know that you sent me and
that you loved them just as much as you loved me.

I want these people that you gave me to be with me where I am. I

want them to see my glory, which you gave me because you loved me
before the
world was made.
you are the One who is good. The world does not
know you, but I
know you, and these people know you sent me.
showed them
what you are like, and I will show them again. Then
they will have the same love
that you have for me, and I will
live in them.”

Holy Bible, New Century Version


This is the longest prayer of Jesus
recorded in the Bible. It marked the end of Jesus' earthly ministry
but looked forward to the ongoing ministry of the immediate and
future disciples. Prayer was an important aspect of Jesus' ministry.
Whenever a strategic time approached, Jesus spent time in prayer.


The world is a battleground. Constant
spiritual and physical warfare wages between the forces of God and
Satan. Jesus prayed that God would keep his people pure, give them
abundant joy, give them peace and unity, and protect them from
Satan's power.


Jesus frequently prayed alone,
separating Himself from every earthly distraction. I would strongly
urge you to select a place-a room or corner in your home, place of
work, or in your yard or garden where you can regularly meet God
alone ....

A missionary and his family were forced
to camp outside on a hill. They had money with them and were fearful
of an attack by roving thieves. After praying, they went to sleep.
Months later an injured man was brought into the mission hospital. He
asked the missionary if he had soldiers guarding him on that special
night. "We intended to rob you:” he said, "but we were
afraid of the twenty seven soldiers."

When the missionary returned to his
homeland, he related this strange story, and a member of his church
said, "We had a prayer meeting that night, and I took the roll.
There were just twenty-seven of us present." (From Hope for
the Troubled Heart
by Billy Graham)


Do you have special times reserved only
for praying? Remember, Jesus regularly went to a quiet place and
talked to God. Set up a prayer plan, keep it for a week, and ask God
to bless it


Prayer - Deuteronomy 4:7; Psalm 32:6;
Matthew 14:23; 26:36; Luke 6:28; Ephesians 6:18.

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