Now it’s time to read, discuss, and be encouraged by Jesus’ prayer in John 17. This isn’t what’s commonly referred to as “The Lord’s Prayer”, which Jesus taught to His disciples when they asked Him how to pray. Rather, this is Jesus’ prayer to His Father, revealed to us in John 17:1-26.
What a rare privilege and blessing to hear the Lord’s heart cry to the Father and His prayers for us. Throughout the Gospels we read of Jesus going off alone to pray, yet we’re left only to wonder and imagine what He said, how He prayed. John 17 parts the veil and we glimpse, hear and feel the love of Jesus for His Father, His disciples, and all those who believe in Him–US!
“After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: ‘Father, the time has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may glorify You.’”
“The time has come,” refers to the actual crucifiction, the time when Jesus is offered as a guilt offering as prophesied in Isaiah 53. Jesus often spoke of the “hour yet to come”–the cross, the sacrifice, and everything it signified, accomplished, and fulfilled.
Jesus explains “glorify your Son” in verses 4 and 5: “I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. And so, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with the glory I had with You before the world began.”
According to Vine’s Dictionary, glorify means “to magnify, extol, praise, ascribe honour to God by acknowledging Him as to His being, attributes, and acts.”
What was this glory He had?
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” John 1:1,2 NIV
Jesus was referring to the fellowship He had with the God the Father before He left heaven to become flesh and blood. Jesus,
“being in the very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness and being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death–even death on a cross! Therefore, God exalted Him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name!”
Phil. 2:6-11 NIV
Jesus is ready for the task ahead of Him. He is ready to glorify the Father through His ultimate obedience.