Sunday, February 6, 2011


Maybe our prayers should resemble John 17, though Jesus has been glorified on the cross, even so.

The prayer of John 17 from the perspective of the saints:
John 17:1

The Saints lift up our eyes to heaven, and pray, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, [2] since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. [3] And this is eternal life, that we know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. [4] He has glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave Him to do. [5] And now, Father, glorify Him in your own presence with the glory that He had with you before the world existed."

[6] "He has manifested your name to the people whom you gave to Christ out of the world. Yours we were, and you gave us to Christ, and we have kept your word. [7] Now we know that everything that you have given Him is from You. [8] For He has given us the words that You gave Him, and we have received them and have come to know in truth that He has came from you; and we have believed that you sent Him.

[9] We are praying for the saints. We are not praying for the world but for those whom you have given Him, for we are yours. [10] All Christ's are Thine, and Thine are Christ's, and Jesus is glorified in us.

[11] And Jesus is no longer in the world, but we are in the world, and He has gone to you. Holy Father, keep us in your name, which you have given to Christ, that we may be one, even as you and the Son are one. [12] While Jesus was with us, He kept us in your name, which you have given Him. He has guarded us, and not one of us have been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.

[13] But now Jesus is with you, and these things Jesus spoke in the world, that we may have His joy fulfilled in us. [14] He has given us your word, and the world has hated us because we are not of the world, just as Jesus is not of the world. [15] we do not ask that you take us out of the world, but that you keep us from the evil one. [16] We are not of the world, just as Jesus is not of the world.

[17] Sanctify us in the truth; your word is truth. [18] As you sent Jesus into the world, so has He sent us into the world. [19] And for our sakes He consecrated himself, that we also may be sanctified in truth.

[20] "We do not ask for the saints only, but also for those who will believe in Christ through our word, [21] that we may all be one, just as you, Father, are in Christ, and Christ in you, that we also may be in the Father and the Son, so that the world may believe that you have sent Christ. [22] The glory that you have given Christ, He has given to us, that we may be one even as You and the Son are one,

[23] Christ in us, and You in Christ, that we may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent Jesus and loved us even as you loved Jesus. [24] Father, we desire that we also, whom you have given to Christ, may be with Christ where He is, to see His glory that You have given Him because you loved Him before the foundation of the world. [25] O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, Jesus knows you, and we know that you have sent Him. [26] He has made known to us your name, and He will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved Christ may be in us, and He in us."

The Saints lift up this prayer for the glory of the Father and the Son, and for the good of His People.