TEACHER:  Ken Hicks 

SCRIPTURES: John 17

BOTTOM LINE:   The Greatest Prayer Ever Prayed!

QUESTION: Can you imagine what might change in our life if we experienced the Fullness and Truth of Jesus’ Prayer here in John 17?

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Many have said that Jesus’ Prayer here in John 17 is Jesus’ Highest Priestly Prayer.  I love what Charles Spurgeon says about Prayer … some brethren pray by the yard; but true prayer is measured by weight and not by length.  This is SO true for this amazing Prayer here, which literally takes about 6 minutes to read … which may not sound like long, but it’s really packed w/ some rich depth and weight.

And really … here’s what we see here …

  1. Jesus Prays for Himself (John 17:1-5)
  2. Jesus Prays for His Disciples (John 17:6-19)
  3. Jesus Prays for Future Believers (Jon 17:20-26)

 

1.  The PERSON Offering This Prayer

  • Jesus Revealed in this Gospel Writing
  • Jesus Proclaimed in this Gospel Writing

 

2.  The OCCASION The Demanded the Prayer

What hour is that?

  • Jesus knew His appointment w/t he cross was approaching
  • Which was a time of separation … betrayal … suffering … and crucifixion
  • A time in which God’s eternal Purpose is about to be carried out.
  • A time in which Jesus is about to bear the sings of the world on the Cross.

 

3.  The CONTENTS of the Prayer

  • THIS PRAYER DEALS w/ GREAT THEMES
    • Jesus takes us back and forwards in time.
    • This Prayer deals w/ GLORY.
    • This Prayer deals w/ LOVE.
  • THIS PRAYER DEALS w/ GREAT PETITIONS
  •  THIS PRAYER DEALS w/ GREAT DIVISIONS …
    1. Jesus Prays for Himself (John 17:1-5)
    2. Jesus Prays for His Disciples (John 17:6-19)
    3. Jesus Prays for Future Believers (Jon 17:20-26)

 

4.  The VICTORY Revealed In this Prayer

 

 

APPLICATION:  

And I think for me … for those 4 Reasons … this might be …

  • the Greatest Prayer EVER Prayed?
  • As some call it … The Highest Priestly Prayer

 

  1. The PERSON offering the Prayer … Jesus Himself … there’s no greater source! This is RED LETTER stuff … nothing lost in Translation … and to know that Jesus prayed this FOR ME? Wow!

 

  1. The OCCASION demanding the Prayer … Jesus knowing the time had come … for Him to fulfill His Mission … and the depth of what was on His Heart here is so powerful to me!   It really gives so much WEIGHT to this Prayer.

 

  1. The CONTENTS of the Prayer … and geesh … there’s so much meat!
    1. Jesus looking back throughout History … and all the way to the day we’re called Home to Glory …
    2. Jesus’s commitment to bringing God GLORY … and to do so with LOVE.

… saying …

  1. Glorify Me (vs. 1-5)
  2. Keep Them (vs. 6-12)
  3. Sanctify Them (13-19)
  4. That they may all might be One (vs. 20-23)
  5. That they may behold my Glory (vs. 24-26)

… and the MODEL here …

  1. Jesus Prays for Himself
  2. Jesus Prays for His Disciples
  3. Jesus Prays for Us

 

  1. The VICTORY of the Prayer … Knowing that there’s nothing we can face that In-Christ, God has not already conquered & won … we can choose VICTORY amongst all the struggle and chaos and challenge if we desire.