Purified by God’s Word
Jesus’ prayer in John 17 focuses upon three major issues. First Jesus prays for Himself and His glorification (V:1-5). Next Jesus prays for His Apostles for their unity and perseverance (V:6-19). Finally Jesus prays for all those who would eventually believe in Him (V:20-26) Today we will focus upon Jesus’ prayer for His Apostles in V:6-19. Read this over carefully and look into the heart of our Savior. For what a person prays about is what a person most cares about. What does this prayer tell you about the heart of Jesus? Is your heart aligned with His?
“I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. “Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. “For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. “And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. “Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. “But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. “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. “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. “And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.” John 17:6-19, NKJV.