Jesus’ Great High Priestly Prayer

Wednesday March 6, 2019

Dr. Richard L. Hamm

Jesus’ prayer in John 17 is intimately linked with His teaching in the Gospel of John. His prayer serves as a summary of the major themes and message of the Gospel. Jesus concluded chapter 16 with the words, “I have overcome the world.” Throughout His ministry Jesus’ work was done in obedience to the Father’s will. As He prayed to His Father, He prayed first for Himself (John 17:1–5). He was preparing Himself for the sufferings that lay ahead. As He contemplated the glory that the Father promised Him, He would receive new strength for His sacrifice. Second, He prayed for His apostles (vv. 6–19). He prayed about their security, joy, unity, and their future glory! Finally, He prayed for future believers (vv. 20–26), so that we would know all that He has done for us, provided for us, and all that He will do for us and ultimately make heaven our eternal home.