Jesus’ Prayer-Part 1

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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!

John 17:1
“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.

5 thoughts on “Jesus’ Prayer-Part 1

  1. John 17 should actually be called “The Lord’s Prayer”, and the other where Jesus was teaching His disciples how to pray should be called “The Model Prayer.” There is another pray of Jesus in Luke 10:21,22 Where He thanks the Father for Hiding the Truth from some. We also see another prayer when He prays before calling Lazarus out of the Grave that it might Glorify the Father. All three besides the The prayer of John 17 and Luke 10 are about election and all four include Glorification. 🙂 Thanks for the post!

  2. Amen! Thanks for the comment and additional feedback! I hope others are encouraged by your insights and add a few thoughts of their own!! Actually, my husband usually calls the prayer in John 17, “The Lord’s Prayer,” but for the purposes of the blog, we refrained 🙂 Truly, enough cannot be said, taught, or learned from our Lord’s prayers and prayer life!
    Thanks again! Linda

  3. Linda,
    You should index these like Tony does on TSS for the Blank bible so I can link to the index from my post about reflecting on Isaiah 53. At the moment, it’s my most recent post. Looking forward to being able to link to the index.
    For His Glory,

  4. Hello Linda,

    I saw your “boonies” comment over at the Shepherd’s Scrapbook and wanted to alert you to – a site bursting with great book recommendations (and a few warnings!).

    Grace and peace in Christ,


  5. Mark and Mark,
    Thank you both for the recommendations! I’m continually learning! I’ll figure the index thing out, but probably before doing so, will check out! Can’t wait!

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