Jesus’ prayer for his disciples

A disciple's study

Here’s a great observation on the high priestly prayer of Jesus in John 17 – a sort of commentary on the Apostle’s Creed.  Sproul summarizes Jesus prayer and shows how Jesus prayed for his disciples and for all Christians.

For his disciples, Jesus prayed:
  • That the word given to them might bear fruit.
  • That they might be protected and given a unity like that he and the Father shared.
  • That they might experience joy like the joy he knew in relation to the Father.
  • That they might be sanctified or made holy in the truth of God’s revealed Word.

For the disciples’ spiritual descendants, Jesus prayed:

  • That the apostolic blessing of triune unity might extend to us.
  • That we might be so indwelled that the presence of Christ in us is unmistakable.
  • That we might go to be with Christ and share his glory.
  • That God’s love might be in us…

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