Mar 26, 2017 |Considering Jesus

Jesus Prays

03.26.17 | Considering Jesus

Jesus Prays

Steve Sommerlot

John 17

As Jesus’ crucifixion was just around the corner, He did something that is unparalleled to other parts of Scripture – He prayed. Why was this prayer so significant and different than the other times He prayed? Pastor Steve Sommerlot explains how Jesus’ High Priestly prayer was a prayer for Himself, His eleven disciples, and for future believers. It is with this prayer that we know Christ continues to pray and intercede for us today.

John 17

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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.

John 17:1-5


“When Jesus prays, ‘Father,’ and the Christian stands by His side and listens, he knows that the eternal and ultimate God is personal. The poor sinful man … touches God with trembling but real faith close beside Jesus, as a God who knows, wills, and loves unspeakably, with a fatherly tenderness that cannot be imagined.”

– Handley Moule


“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. All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them.

John 17:6-10


He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before him.

Ephesians 1:4


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. 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. But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 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. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth….I do not ask for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word.

John 17:11-20


Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

John 13:1


Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

Hebrews 7:25


My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

1 John 2:1


For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4:15-16