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Loving Prayer [9-29-19]

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John 17 is Jesus' prayer. Sometimes the Bible tells us Jesus goes away to pray. One time Jesus said, "When you pray, pray like this." John 17 is Jesus praying. Jesus is praying for you. Jesus is praying for me. Jesus is praying for us. Jesus is praying for Christians everywhere.

Jesus is praying for Christians everywhere.

Today, we're going to look at this chapter in one whole piece. We're going to hit the biggest points.

Some have called chapter 17 Jesus' high priestly prayer for us. In it, John invites us to enter with Jesus into God's presence. It's a prayer about God's glory and the holiness He wants to happen in our lives. We are in a holy place as we listen to Jesus pray.

Here are three simple things Jesus prays about:

Jesus prays for himself. He prayed for God to be glorified in the Son.
Jesus prays for his disciples. He prays that they will be sanctified.
Jesus prays for us. He prays for his church.

Do you see how the circles grow. Jesus…disciples…church. It's a symphony of movement and themes. Jesus is praying an important prayer about what's most important.

John 17:1-2 says, "When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, 'Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.'"

"When Jesus had spoken these words" gives us context. Spoken what words? These words