The Profound Prayer that Jesus Prayed, Part 6 (Praying Through the Bible #190)

TEXT: John 17:9-11

9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 189 messages in this series.

This is message #190 titled, The Profound Prayer that Jesus Prayed, Part 6

We began looking at this passage last week as Jesus turned His focus fully on His disciples in His prayer. He says, “I pray for them. I pray not for the world.” The principle that we learned is that, sometimes, we need to focus our prayers. When we are specific in our requests, we know what we are praying for and we can quantify God’s answers to our prayers.

So, Jesus focuses on His disciples — those whom He has been given by God — and He has some specific requests regarding them. F.F. Bruce said, “[Jesus prayed only for His disciples] not because He had no concern for the world, but [because] the salvation of the world depends on the witness of those whom the Father has given him ‘out of the world,’ and it is they who need his intercession at this junction.” If Jesus Himself — the immortal, all-powerful Son of God — needed the strength that comes from prayer to carry out His mission in the world, certainly His disciples — the mortal instruments that He planned to use in the world — could benefit from the same.

In the verses we are looking at today, Jesus had two specific requests for His disciples.

First, He prayed that they would be preserved in the world. Jesus said, “Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me…” The word used for “keep” means to guard or to preserve. While He was with them, Jesus acted as a safeguard for His disciples, protecting them from worldly and satanic influences. Nothing could touch them while Jesus was present with them.

Now Jesus says, “I am no more in the world, but these are in the world.” With Jesus going back to the Father, the disciples would still need to be kept and preserved. Isn’t it interesting that Jesus does not indicate that the disciples should be able to preserve or keep themselves now? This is because the preservation of the saints is completely in the hands of God. God is the one who prevents us from being snatched back by the world and the devil. So, Jesus prays that God would exercise His preserving power over the disciples and keep them in the family of God.

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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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