Other "Lord's Prayer"
by Bruce Okkema
is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus
Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3
One of the most moving experiences
of my devotional life centered around this prayer of Jesus. We were
involved in a small group Bible study working through the book
of John. On the particular week that we were to study John 17, the leader
asked if we could do something a bit out of the ordinary to begin our
lesson, and to this day, if you asked anyone
who was there,
sure they will remember it.
The leader said, “I would
like to play the role of Jesus, and I would like you to imagine
His friends who are there with Him in
the final hours before He went to the cross. At the same time you
are listening as if you were there, also think about how Jesus was
far into the future and including all of us in His conversation with
His Father.” Then the leader turned down the lights
and prayed Jesus’ prayer for us.
I am asking you now to hear
this prayer in that same spirit as you read it through.
Be listening to how much Jesus loves you, and how He selflessly
pleads for you before His Father. Then please
thoughts throughout the rest of your life, sharing them with
others who need
to know along the way.
Jesus spoke these
things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, "Father,
the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even
as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given
Him, He may give eternal life. This is eternal life, that they may know
You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I glorified
You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me
to do. Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory
which I had with You before the world was.
manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world;
they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.
Now they have come to know that everything You have given Me is from
You; for the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they
received them and truly understood that I came forth from You, and
they believed that You sent Me. I ask on their behalf; I do not ask
on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Me; for they
are Yours; and all things that are Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine;
and I have been glorified in them. I am no longer in the world; and
yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father,
keep them in Your name,
the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We
are. While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name
which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished
but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled.
now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that
they may have My joy made full in themselves. I have given them Your
word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as
I am not
of the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world,
but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world,
even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.
As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. For their
sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.
do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe
in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You,
Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world
believe that You sent Me. The glory which You have given Me I have
given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in
Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You
sent Me, and loved them,
even as You have loved Me.
I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where
I am, so that they may see My glory
which You have
given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have
known You; and these have known that
sent Me; and I have made Your name known to them, and will
make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may
be in them,
in them." John 17:1-26