Day 17 • Perfect Unity

John 17

The Prayer of Jesus

1 After saying all these things, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. 2 For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. 3 And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. 4 I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. 5 Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.

6 “I have revealed you to the ones you gave me from this world. They were always yours. You gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything I have is a gift from you, 8 for I have passed on to them the message you gave me. They accepted it and know that I came from you, and they believe you sent me.

9 “My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. 10 All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory. 11 Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are. 12 During my time here, I protected them by the power of the name you gave me. I guarded them so that not one was lost, except the one headed for destruction, as the Scriptures foretold.

13 “Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy. 14 I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do. 17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. 19 And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.

20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.

22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. 24 Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!

25 “O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me. 26 I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.”

  • Travis McDonald

    As I sit speaking to The Father and Our Savior trying to express appreciation as Jesus was preparing for such a painful execution. A simple Thank You seems so frail, yet, anything seems small. And then the feeling of Power He has given His people to shout His Name and Praise His Name — How Great Our Living Lord and Precious Holy Father is.

  • Terry Wolfe

    My attraction to FOTW was the intensity that they have to reach out to fellow believers around the world and fulfill Jesus’ prayer of unity. We are not alone in this journey. We are on this earth for God’s purpose and I am so thankful for Jesus’s prayer to our Father. He is our mediator, our high priest. We are so blessed to be apart of his Church.

  • L. R. Griffin Jenkins

    Thank you for your Son, God–he who stands in a gap for someone as frail, weak, worldly, and contrary as I. I know I am not perfect, but my mediator is. Praise God for Jesus. Thank you for your pardon.

  • Randy Johnston

    The knowledge of having Jesus as my foundation transcends all worldly needs. His renewed presence in my life has brought much joy. My imperfections are many. His love is showing me the way to live each day. Thank you again Pastor Kerry for being His tool and availing His word to me.

  • Wayne Otto

    To know that Jesus prayed for me in His last hours before His execution is both humbling and awesome! Praise God and His beloved Son Jesus1

  • AJ

    So simple yet so powerfull! One prayer, one son asking for the father’s will to be done; at the same time opening up the doors of heaven for the believers to enter in – talk about building bridges ! Certainly, the most interesting man that ever lived and is still living in us ! Rock on !

  • Lori Hofferber

    Thank you Pastor Kerry.

  • Luis Lozada

    Criticism: Long ago I was told “remember, when you point a finger at someone, there are four fingers pointing back at you”.

    This lesson is so good; think of Jesus, all the time.

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  • Debi Holley

    When you drive through the gates, park your car, walk through the doors FOTW envelopes you in the true spirit and unites us all in the body of Christ and God the Father. I feel the love everytime I log on and it is truly a beautiful and awesome feeling!

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  • Nancy Jeter

    Pastor Kerry, I just want to say, I so respect you for the words you shared today. If only all pastors and Christians believed as you do, imagine what a powerful group we would be. Thank you for doing your part and reminding me to do my part.

  • Jimmy Rife

    With each lesson, I am more grateful for the knowledge that Pastor Kerry shares with us everyday. Praise God.

  • Tiffany McKenna

    @Wayne ~ I was feeling the same way as I read through this chapter this time! I noticed how, at first it seemed like he was talking about his living disciples at the time, but then later he includes all of us, who come after and who believe in Him as a result of what the disciples did. It’s almost like our personal names are somewhere hidden in that message.