Jesus’ Prayer For His Glorification

The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is pray. It is not the only thing, but it is the chief thing. The great people of earth are the people who pray. I do not mean those who talk about prayer; nor those who say they believe in prayer, nor yet those who can explain abo … More

John 17, is often referred to as the “Holy of Holies” of the New Testament. This has been referred to as the greatest prayer on earth and the greatest prayer recorded anywhere in Scripture. This wonderful prayer of our Lord closes the Upper Room Discourse and precedes His agony in the shadows of Gethsemane, the betrayal by Judas the traitor, His arrest and the beginning of His trials. What a privilege it is for us to listen in as God the Son converses with His Father just as He is about to give His life a ransom for sinners. This is the longest recorded prayer of our Lord. It is the prayer of Christ for His disciples. He had taught them the Word. Now He would pray for them(v. 1). Our Lord prays essentially about three matters:
  1. He prays for Himself that He may be glorified (vv. 1-8).
  2. He prays for the eleven apostles, that they may be protected and sanctified (vv. 9-19).
  3. He prays that the whole church down through the centuries may be unified (vv. 20-26).

He prays for Himself and asks that He may be glorified in and by means of the cross (vv. 2-5). We must understand what this term “glorified” means. How is someone “glorified?” The word means to make manifest hidden values, hidden riches. Here our Lord is praying that by means of the cross something that is hidden to the world will be manifested. In the cross Jesus was glorified and His Lordship was revealed, but more than that, our Lord also states that through the cross He will gain the right to give eternal life to all whom the Father brings to Him. He defines eternal life as “knowing God.” That is really living. When you walk with God, every day is an adventure. He is innovative, imaginative, and  creative. That is the eternal life everyone longs for deep in their heart. Jesus says that is what He gives through His redemptive life to those who come to Him (vv. 6-8).


I pray that the things I do will bring  glory to the Father. It’s so easy for me to just pray for physical things and never really get concerned about my spiritual condition. Did you ever notice that when prayer requests are called for in a prayer meeting most of the requests are for physical things?

John 17:1-8 (English Standard Version)

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. "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."

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