This continuation of Jesus’ High Priestly prayer switches to prayer for His close friends who followed Him during His ministry years on earth. Jesus’ prayer for His disciples/apostles includes some key Christian concepts that can be intimidating and confusing. Jesus speaks of predetermination, as these apostles were selected beforehand by God the Father and given to Jesus while He was in the world (i.e., the earthly realm opposed to God’s ways and ruled by Satan for now). Glory, or a reflection of God’s character, occurs as they are set apart (i.e., sanctified, made holy). Please read the passage after you pray for God to reveal His truth in a vibrant way.
The intimacy of the Almighty is shown here in Jesus’ prayer of Oneness with His Father, which is then extended to bring in a oneness and closeness with those chosen believers in the one true God. Believers in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are chosen and given to Him by God for a purpose and work here on earth. Believers are “God’s masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which were prepared in advance for them to do (Ephesians 2:10).
- From this passage, what are reasons Jesus values those who belong to Him? What immeasurable joy does that bring you as you realize how much Jesus values you?
- What protection by the power of our Holy Father, have you experienced and/or do you need to ask for right now as you are still in the world?
- If sanctification (see Deuteronomy 7:6; Romans 6:22-25; Ephesians 4:24) is a gift resulting from knowing God and His word, what/how does this passage instruct/guide you within your current circumstances?
Holy, righteous and Almighty God; I am in awe of your glory that was revealed in your ancient words through your precious Son, Jesus the Christ. Thank you for creating, redeeming and protecting me as one of your dearly loved children and heirs. Guide me in your Truth if I have doubts being set apart or if I lack joy as I struggle with being in the world but trying not to be of the world. Amen