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 190 messages in this series.
This is message #191 titled, The Profound Prayer that Jesus Prayed, Part 7
From Jesus’ prayer, we began looking at the specific requests He made for His disciples. The first request He made was that they would be preserved in the world. Jesus prayed, “Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me…” The word “keep” means to guard or to preserve. Tasked with the Great Commission after Jesus’ resurrection, the disciples would be exposed to satanic attack, persecution, and temptation. They needed God’s preserving power so that they would not be discouraged to the point of giving up and so that they would not fall into sin.
By extension, Jesus prayed for God’s preserving power for us as well. And, Scripture promises that God indeed does preserve us. Second Thessalonians 3:3 reads, “But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.”
The second specific request that Jesus makes for His disciples is that there be unity among them. He says, “that they may be one, as we are [one].” Jesus knew that if the Gospel mission was going to be successful, the small band of disciples would need to be unified. This is not talking about unity of structure as in some type of organizational arrangement. Jesus wants them to be unified in spirit, in heart, and in purpose, moving forward to a common goal — just as He and the Father are.
Jesus taught that a house divided against itself cannot stand. The devil specializes in sowing discord among believers. If the devil cannot tear us down from the outside, he will try to get us to turn on each other on the inside. The devil wants us to stay at odds with one another, rendering us paralyzed and ineffective because we are unwilling to work together. So, Jesus prays for His disciples to remain unified.
Unity was Jesus’ prayer for the disciples, and it should be our prayer for the church as a whole today. If there were ever a time for saints to be unified, it is now. Christians are being persecuted around the world at a level not seen since the beginning of the Church Age. Multitudes, particularly in the West, are abandoning religion altogether. Culture is increasingly adopting a worldview that is opposed to the Bible. The church itself is being tested and fractured by those who wish to turn away from orthodox principles. What we need now is a wholesale return to our First Love and a strengthened bond of unity among all who name the name of Christ. That is what Jesus prayed for, and that is what we should pray for as well.
Of course, God heard and answered the prayers of His Son. The Bible records that, after a few days of uncertainty, doubt, and confusion, the disciples banded together beneath the freshly blood-stained banner of the cross. They were not drawn back into the world, rather they turned the world upside down for Christ. The foundation and success of the early church is a testament to the power of Jesus’ profound prayer and then the prayers of the early saints who followed the Lord’s example.
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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 Society.com 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.