John, chapter 17, has often been called the Great Priestly Prayer. It is Jesus’ last recorded prayer before he is arrested and tried. In this prayer you will see that Jesus brings all the important lessons that he has been focusing on over the past three chapters together and lifts them to the father. He also prays for the new movement that is being launched by his death and resurrection. As you read, listen with an open heart to the prayer Jesus is making, not just for his Apostles, but for all who will become a disciple—even to this day. This is a prayer Jesus is praying for you as well as for those first followers 2,000 years ago.
Read: John 17:1-26
Questions to Consider:
- How do we receive eternal life? (Vs. 1-5)
- Who is Jesus praying for in this Priestly Prayer? (Vs. 9 and 20)
- What does Jesus want for his followers?
So What Activity: Re-write this prayer from your own perspective as a 21st century disciple of Christ.