LET US PRAY – John 17:11-26 ESV, Colin Munroe, Lead Pastor

Let Us Pray

  • We learn so much here about the Lord’s heart.
    • His relationship with our Father.
    • What He wants for us.
    • His heart to protect us.
    • And reveal the Father’s love for us

John 17:11-26 ESV
And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. 20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

  • What a great example to us when facing suffering!
  • These are the things Jesus is praying for!
  • Prayer reminds us of our eternal destination.

John 17:11a ESV
And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you.

John 17:13 ESV
But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

  • Prayer reminds us where are help comes from.

John 17:15 ESV
I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.

  • Prayer reminds us that we are kept in His name.

John 17:11b ESV
Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.

  • Prayer reminds us who our Shepherd is.

John 17:12 ESV
While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 

John 17:15 ESV

I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.

  • Prayer reminds us whose we are and who we are.
  • Prayer reminds that God is a Promise Keeper!
  • Prayer reinforces our oneness with God and others.

John 17:21-23 ESV

that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.

  • Prayer invites us into the impossible.
  • Prayer is an intimate conversation with Abba.
  • Prayer reminds us that we are never alone.

John 17:19 ESV
And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

  • Prayer reminds us that we are forever His.
  • Prayer is a passage to His peace and joy.
  • Prayer helps us have accurate expectations.
  • Prayer reminds us we are His and secure.
  • Prayer leads us to thanksgiving.
  • Prayer reminds us of our/His mission.
  • Prayer calibrates our hearts and minds.
  • Prayer transforms our thinking and emotions.
  • Praying the scriptures changes our perspective.
  • Prayer reminds us we are not of this world.

John 17:14 ESV
I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

  • Prayer softens our hearts.
  • Prayer reminds us who is in charge.
  • Prayer reinforces our love for God & His love for us.

John 17:25-26 ESV

Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

  • Prayer grants us an appetite for His presence.
  • Prayer also creates a hunger for Heaven.
  • Prayer helps us know the Father and His great love.

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