17. Prayer

Jesus prays for himself, that he will be glorified (17:1-5).

When he had finished telling us these things, Jesus looked up to heaven and prayed: "Father, the time has now come. Bring glory to your Son, so that I can bring glory to you. You have made me sovereign over all mankind, so I can give eternal life to everyone you have given to me. Eternal life is learning to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent. I've brought glory to you here on earth by completing all you gave me to do. So Father, glorify me now in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began."

Jesus prays for his disciples, that they will remain loyal to the truth (17:6-19).

"I have revealed what you are really like to those you took out of the world and gave to me. They were yours, but you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that you are the source of everything that has come to me. I passed on to them the words you gave me, and they accepted them. They know for sure that I came from you, and they believe that you are the one who sent me. I am not praying for those who belong to this world but for the ones you gave to me. I am praying for them because they belong to you. Everything I have is yours, and everything you have is mine; and glory comes to me through them.

Modern Israelite praying at the Wailing Wall of the Temple

"I am on my way to you, Holy Father. I will no longer remain in this world, but they are still here. Keep them loyal to you (as you have revealed yourself through me) so that they may be one with each other just as you and I are one. When I was with them, I kept them loyal to what you showed them of yourself through me. Not one of them was lost, except the one destined to be lost, so that what the Scriptures said would happen would come true.

"But now I am on my way to you. I have been teaching these things while still in the world, so that my followers might experience my joy in all its fullness. I have given them your word, and the world has come to hate them. The reason is obvious: They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to it.

"My prayer is not that you would remove them from the world, but that you would protect them from the evil designs of Satan. They do not belong to this world, just as I do not belong to it.

"Your word is the truth. Set them apart to yourself by means of the truth. I am sending them into the world just as you sent me. For their sake I consecrate myself to you, that they too may be consecrated by the truth."

Where prayers to Zeus were offered

Jesus prays for all who will come to believe in him, that their unity will serve to convince others that Jesus was sent from the Father (17:20-26).

"I am not praying for them alone, but also for all who will come to believe through what they say about me. I am praying that they may all be one, just as you and I, Father, are one. I pray that they may be one with us, so that the people of this world will believe that you sent me.

"I have given them the same glory that you gave to me, so that they may be one as we are one -- I in them and you in me. I pray that they may be completely one so the people of this world may know that you sent me, and that you love them even as you love me.

Where prayers to Artemis were offered

"Father, I pray that everyone you have given me may be with me wherever I am, so that they will see the glory that you have given me; for you loved me before the world began. Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you. And those who believe in me know that you have sent me. I made it clear to them who you really are, and I will continue to do so. Then the love you have for me will be in them, and I myself will be in them."

Ruins of Jewish fortress at Gamlah