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Prayer of Jesus – What Does Jesus Want For Us?

Prayer of Jesus – What Does Jesus Want For Us?

What does Jesus want for those who are believers in Him? Jesus prayed, as recorded in John 17, the night before He went to the cross. This is the longest account in the Bible of the content of one of His prayers. In addition to his prayers to the Father that night regarding the cross (Mt. 26:36-46, Luke 22:39-46), Jesus here reveals his heart by praying what was most greatly pressing on Him in those final hours in His relationship with the Father and then for His disciples and future believers. He asked His Holy Father,

  1. “Protect them” (by the power of your name – the name you gave me ) Vs. 11
  2. “That they may be one as we are one” (united/fellowship) Vs. 11
  3. “That they may have the full measure of my joy within them.” Vs. 13
  4. “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” Vs. 17
  5. Regarding those who will believe through the disciples message (also to be one as the Father and Son) Vs. 20-21
  6. That they may be in us so “the world may believe that you have sent me.” Vs. 21, 23
  7. That they may “be with me where I am.” Vs 24
  8. That they may “see my glory” (given because you loved me before the creation of the world). Vs. 24
  9. That the Father’s love “may be in them.” Vs. 26
  10. That Jesus “may be in them.” Vs. 26


Jesus prayed for the disciples’ and our protection, for unity in the Spirit, and that we would know His full joy. He prayed that we would be sanctified or set apart from common use for his purposes by the truth (Living and Written Word). This was so important that he sanctified or set Himself apart to sanctify us in salvation. He expected in His prayer that others (us included) would believe through the message of the disciples which includes the New Testament. He prayed for others to believe that the Father sent Jesus and for believers to be with Jesus, to see His glory, and to be indwelled by Jesus through the Holy Spirit. Jesus includes other truths here that his prayers have or will accomplish, but these ten are prayed as direct requests to the Father.

How do we respond to or join in these powerful, heartfelt, eternal prayers?

  1. Renew our minds to the truth that Jesus wants us to be blessed in these ways.
  2. We can join in and pray these prayers for ourselves and others.
  3. We can actively live according to these truths.
  4. We can be encouraged by Jesus’ heart for us expressed in prayer.
  5. We can be continually filled with the Holy Spirit.

As you pray in August, join in these prayers that Jesus prayed on our behalf.

Greg Murphy – Minister, Family Care