The High Priestly Prayer pt. 2

John 17:6-19

“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by[d] the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

The High Priestly Prayer (Part 2)

Having given himself for our sins once for all (Heb. 7:271 Pet. 3:18), Jesus now prays for us without ceasing (Rom. 8:34Heb. 7:25). Because the disciples were given permission to eavesdrop on this prayer, we know what Jesus thinks of us and what he is now praying for us. 

Jesus counts us a love gift to him from the Father (John 17:6; see also v. 24). He treasures and cherishes us as a bridegroom treasures his bride, for that is what we are (Eph. 5:22–33). Should anyone ask, “Who gives these sinners to this Savior?” the Father responds enthusiastically, “I do!” Election is the most wonderful prearranged marriage imaginable.

Because we are already beloved by Jesus, he prays for the increase of our joy—the same joy that fills his own heart. He also prays for our protection in the world—a battlefield that is also our mission field. Jesus doesn’t pray that we won’t suffer (Phil. 1:29) but that we will be kept from the Evil One, our defeated foe who seeks to sabotage our worship and work in the world.

Jesus also prays for our sanctification by the truth of the Father’s words. The Father’s words will always point us to Jesus—who is our “wisdom from God,” our “righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30). The same grace that justifies us is the grace that sanctifies us. All saving benefits come from our union with Christ.

*These devos are taken from Crossway's, ESV Gospel Transformation Bible.