Day 37 - Jesus Prays For His Disciples

Video Host: Matt Hoag - South Carolina DYD

Big Scripture: John 17:919 (NLT)

9 “My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. 10 All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory. 11 Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are. 12 During my time here, I protected them by the power of the name you gave me. I guarded them so that not one was lost, except the one headed for destruction, as the Scriptures foretold. 

13 “Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy. 14 I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do. 17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. 19 And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth. 

 

Big Idea:

As Jesus continues His farewell prayer, His attention turns to praying for His disciples. It’s amazing to listen in as Jesus prays for His followers. Later in this prayer in verse 20, Jesus makes it clear that He’s praying for everyone who will ever follow Himthat includes you and me! So, this prayer gives us a glimpse into how Jesus prays for us even now. Let’s look at three ways Jesus prays for His friends. 

  1. Jesus prays for our protection. Jesus asks the Father to protect His friends from the evil around them and the evil within them. Jesus doesn’t ask God to take us out of the world because He knows there is an important reason for us to be in the world. But He does pray that we wouldn’t belong to the world and the evil around usthat we wouldn’t find our identity in worldly pursuits. Jesus also asks God to protect His friends from disunity and from falling prey to the evils of selfishness and pride within.

  2. Jesus prays for our spiritual condition. In verse 17, Jesus prays that God would make us holy by His word. In verse 19, Jesus connects our ability to live holy (set apart) to His holy sacrifice on the cross. Our spiritual growth is always rooted in the gospelthe person and work of Jesus! Jesus cares about your heart and He is praying for you even now! 

  3. Jesus prays for our mission. In verse 18, Jesus connects our mission with His mission! He was sent into this world, and we are sent to share the same message He did. Jesus is praying for us to remain faithful to the mission of God!

Big Questions:

  • Think of someone you pray for. What do you pray for them? 

  • What did you learn from this passage about how Jesus prays for you? 

  • How would you explain the evil around you and the evil within you? 

  • Jesus prays for our mission. In your own words, what is our mission as His followers? 

Big Prayer:

God,
Thank You that Jesus prays for me. Thank You that He prays for my protection. Keep my heart from loving anything more than You and keep me from being distracted or destroyed by anything the world offers me. Thank You that He prays for my spiritual condition. Help me to be in Your Word so I can be made holy by You! Help me to remember the cross. And thank You that He prays for the mission He has given me. Help me to live to love and serve others, pointing them to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.