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I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world.
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This section of John 17 is a part of a larger prayer that Jesus prays before he leaves his disciples for the last time. This is the section where he prays for his disciples.
So as easy as it is to get lost in all the pronouns and prepositions, it’s important to remember that this is a prayer. A prayer from Jesus, to God, on behalf of the disciples.
And they get to hear it.
The disciples overhear this prayer and that’s what makes it so powerful.
It is in listening, they learn exactly what Jesus wants from them, what Jesus came to do, and why he came to do it.
Jesus says that he is leaving.
That he has done what he set out to do, and now he’s on his way back to be with God.
But, he says, the disciples are still here.
And they’ve been taught what to do so now it’s their turn to go and be in the world on behalf of God.
Jesus prays that they be protected while they’re out in the world, and prays that they may be one as “we are one.”
Jesus wants us to have the same relationship with God that he does.
And the same relationship with each other that we have with God.
So we’re sent.
Covered by the same prayer that Jesus prayed over his disciples that day.
We are claimed, called beloved, and sent.
As one with God and each other.
Questions for discussion:
Praying out loud is vulnerable and intimate.
It’s not something we like to do.
But, like many things, we get better with practice.
SO – on Sunday I re-wrote verses 9 and 10 from this week and asked people to pray, out loud, for each other. Keep that going this week. Pray for those around you.
Don’t just say you will pray, but do it.
If you need help, here’s what we prayed on Sunday:
God, I am praying today on behalf of ____________.
He/she is yours and you are his/hers.
Give them __________________.
Protect them in the world as your beloved child.
So they may be a part of the Kingdom you are creating.