Jesus’ prayer


Jesus’ prayer in John 17 presents, extremely well, what my life in the Trinity is supposed to be like. It allows me to understand better the relationship the Trinity has with one another – they do not care anything about their status. There’s no subordination in the Trinity because the members of the Trinity will not put up with it – simply will not have it.

As I look at Jesus as the ultimate of disciple makers, I can draw a conclusion from this prayer of what my relationship looks like between a disciple and disciple maker, what characterizes the heart of a disciple maker and what my ultimate purpose is as a disciple maker. I believe they are all found in one verse.

 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. – John 17:4  ESV

What I am glad to hear in His prayer is that He prays for me to keep my faith firm.

And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. – John 17:11  ESV

By that I mean – “keep them in your name” or “keep them in loyalty to You” or “keep them in full adherence to Your character.”

Why? Because I am supposed to be different than the world. So many times in His prayer Jesus outlined the differences between disciples of Jesus and the people of the world.

This prayer has so much – even the great commission shows up here.

As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.  – John 17:18  ESV

As a disciple of Jesus, I am on mission. It means in the broadest sense possible that I am a missionary. I am envisioned and empowered to step into this world (not of it, but sent into it) as His witness.

Here are some things I did and questions I asked as I looked at this prayer:

  • Marked the words – disciple
  • Where was Jesus going and where will the disciples be?
  • How did Jesus get His disciples?
  • What does Jesus pray for His disciples and list them?
  • What did I learn about the world and what is my relationship, as a disciple, to the world?
  • If “sanctify” means to be separated from profane things and dedicate myself to God – what will sanctify me from the world?
  • At the end of the prayer, what does Jesus state that He has and will do for His disciple?






Discipleship and Prayer


“Here I Am, Lord”


What a great way to start the first chapter of a book – Mark chapter one. It is a call that I can relate to, it is one I am encouraged to accept and it is one that I do not have to walk in my own strength.

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand;[e] repent and believe in the gospel.” – Mark 1:14-15  ESV

Not only am I called to believe, I am called to trust and put my faith in Jesus. Only then can I be called a disciple of Jesus.

And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”[f]  And immediately they left their nets and followed him. – Mark 1:17-18  ESV

In my decision to follow Him – going His way – I spend time with Him. I live in relationship with Him, accepting His teachings and applying them to my life – that means I start doing the things He teaches me to do – I seek to be like Jesus.