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Jesus’ Great Prayer for His Apostles and Disciples

Jesus’ Great Prayer for His Apostles and Disciples

On the night of Jesus’ last Passover, betrayal and arrest, Jesus prayed an emotional prayer to the Father for his apostles and disciples. That prayer is found in John 17. Note Jesus’ emphasis on the word of God through this chapter.

John 17:1-5 — In this prayer, Jesus reveals His loyalty and devotion to the Father. Jesus willed to do the will of the Father and thereby to glorify Him.

John 17:6-19 — Jesus prayed for the apostles that God had given Him. The one strong desire he expressed for them was that they be one, united. Evidently, that was not only a great desire but a great concern. His concern was justified by the division in the Christian Religious world. The means by which God would bring about unity was by God’s word, God’s truth.

John 17:20-23 — Jesus goes on to pray for all those who would believe because of the work of the apostles. Jesus repeats over and over again in verses 21-23 that they would all be one, united in Him through the word of God.

John 17:24-26 — Jesus closes His prayer with a prayer for that which such unity in Christ on earth would produce: unity, glory and love together in heaven.

Only by and in the word of the Lord can we achieve this unity.