Here’s something to comfort you: The very Son of God prayed for you before you were ever born (v. 20).

Scripture: John 17:6-23

ESV Text: John 17:6-23

John 17:6-23 (Listen)

“I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 17

     6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. 7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. 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. 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

     17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

     20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 148, st. 5-8:
Lord Jesus Christ, My Life, My Light

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

5. Oh, let Thy holy wounds for me 
Clefts in the rock forever be 
Where as a dove my soul can hide 
And safe from Satan’s rage abide. 

6. And when my spirit flies away, 
Thy dying words shall be my stay. 
Thy cross shall be my staff in life, 
Thy holy grave my rest from strife. 

7. Lord, in Thy nail-prints let me read 
That Thou to save me hast decreed 
And grant that in Thine opened side 
My troubled soul may ever hide. 

8. Since Thou hast died, the Pure, the Just. 
I take my homeward way in trust. 
The gates of heaven, Lord, open wide 
When here I may no more abide. 


The work of Jesus is to give eternal life!

Scripture: John 17:1-5

ESV Text: John 17:1-5

John 17:1-5 (Listen)

The High Priestly Prayer

17:1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 17

     1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 148, st. 1-4:
Lord Jesus Christ, My Life, My Light

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Lord Jesus Christ, my Life, my Light, 
My Strength by day, my Trust by night, 
On earth I’m but a passing guest 
And sorely with my sins opprest. 

2. Far off I see my fatherland, 
Where through Thy blood I hope to stand. 
But ere I reach that Paradise, 
A weary way before me lies. 

3. My heart sinks at the journey’s length, 
My wasted flesh has little strength; 
My soul alone still cries in me: 
“Lord, take me home, take me to Thee!” 

4. Oh, let Thy sufferings give me power 
To meet the last and darkest hour! 
Thy blood refresh and comfort me; 
Thy bonds and fetters make me free.