Scripture Reading: John 17:1-26
Many people call the model prayer the Lord's Prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13 that was discussed during Day 13; however, John 17 really is the Lord's prayer that Jesus prayed just before He was dead, buried and resurrected.
John 17 contains the most extensive and profound prayer of Jesus in the Bible. Jesus' whole life has been a revelation of the Father, based on Jesus' union with Him, so it is appropriate that His teaching concludes in the form of prayer, the genre most closely associated with union with God.
John 17 is divided into three distinct sections:
- Jesus prayed to His Father that He may be glorified (John 17:1-5).
- Jesus prayed to His Father that His disciples may be glorified (John 17:6-19).
- Jesus prayed to His Father that all believers may be glorified (John 17:20-26).
Notice, in His prayer Jesus speaks of the past and the future from an eternal perspective, but it is all grounded in the present. Jesus prayed for Himself from His always glorified state. His intercession for His disciples is from within God's presence as Jesus anticipates His role after His ascension. Jesus' prayed that all believers would know the Father and be in Him just as Jesus was in His Father.
This passage concentrates on the relationship of the Father and the Son and the glory they share that Jesus wanted passed on to His disciples and all believers.
You are probably familiar with the line from a song that says, "Somebody prayed for me, had me on their mind." That line is true, but Jesus was the Somebody who prayed for you before your grandmother prayed or your pastor prayed for you.
Read all of John 17 and meditate on the passion Jesus expressed throughout His prayer especially when He prayed for you.
You are invited to read the scripture and meditation for Day 17 of the Lenten season.