The Lord’s Prayer
“Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name–the name you gave me–so that they may be one as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled. I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified” (vv. 11b-19).
Jesus prayed for those who were and would one day become his followers. He prayed four things. Listen to his prayer for us. First, He prayed that we might be one. That we might experience unity of purpose with God and with each other.
Second, He prayed that we might be protected from the evil one. He knew the attacks we would endure. He prayed that we would know God to be our defender, protector, our strength.
Third, He prayed that we might have JOY, to the fullest measure. The JOY that comes to one who knows God’s Love and faithfulness.
Finally, He prayed that we might be truly sanctified, set apart by God for his service. That we would be made new in the image of our Savior wholly devoted to our God! Hear His prayer for them, for us, for you!
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