Summer Daily Devotional - John 17
The Greatest Prayer on Earth
Welcome to the “Holy of Holies” of the Bible and the greatest prayer on earth.
In John 17, we are given the longest recorded prayer of Jesus in all of Scripture. We are invited to listen in as Jesus converses with His Father on the eve of His arrest and the completion of His redemption mission. What a moment!
This is quite literally the Lord’s prayer. No, not His instruction in response to the disciples' request, “teach us to pray” (as we see in Matthew and Luke)…but His own actual prayer.
We jump into the chapter and into Jesus’ prayer with the promise of John 16:33… “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jesus then proceeds to pray (all of chapter 17 is one prayer!), mentioning the word “world” nineteen times.
There is much to observe and take away from a prayerful reading of this Holy chapter.
Take heart today! Because:
- Jesus has completed the work the Father gave Him to do. (17:4)
- Jesus has prayed for His disciples' protection, in His name, in this world. (17:11-12)
- Jesus has prayed that His disciples might have the full measure of His joy within them. (17:13)
- Jesus has prayed for His disciples' protection from the evil one. (17:15)
- Jesus has prayed for His disciples to be sanctified by the truth, set apart and sent into the world. (17:17-18)
- Jesus has prayed for the unity of all His followers. (17:21-23)
- Jesus has prayed for you to be with Him in future glory. (17:24)
- Jesus has prayed for you to be filled with the Father’s love and to know that Jesus himself is with you and in you. (17:26)
As we encounter the threats, dangers, and antagonism of the world, we do so in light of the promise that Jesus has already overcome the world. Furthermore, He has prayed for our protection, sanctification (growth in holiness), joy, unity, and future glory with Him.
Not a bad punch list of prayer requests wouldn’t you say?
When you’re tempted to lose hope, when you’re tempted to grow anxious, when you’re tempted to be fearful… take heart! Jesus has prayed and is praying for you. (Bonus: Check out Hebrews 7:25)
Imagine if Jesus sent you a text message as you were reading this reminding you that He is praying for you—how would that make you feel? What impact would that have on your outlook today?
But what about all the stress and dangers and attacks and temptations and disputes in the world?? Jesus anticipated that fear, that frustration, that temptation… and prayed for you.
Anything and everything the world could possibly throw at you today…Jesus has already overcome and He has already prayed for.
Today, may you and I live in the power of Jesus’ own answered prayer… the greatest prayer ever prayed on earth.