This chapter gives us the longest recorded prayer of Jesus. In it he prays for himself (and God’s glory),for his disciples and their security without him. He closes praying for the (then future) church and its ongoing unity.
We join with Jesus in praying for your glory, knowing that this may mean our own suffering as we share in the sufferings of Christ.
We also pray that you would keep us and all of those believers we know connected to yourself. We have seen many walk away over the years so we pray for security and stability in our faith.
We also pray for unity in the church. Help us to work toward unity based on your word – on the teaching that the apostles gave us from you. Help us to enjoy unity found in the shared life of the Father and the Son. And let us express that unity in mission to an unbelieving world.
Finally help us do whatever it takes to be united with our brothers and sisters in Christ here and now.
And we pray these things to you Father, along with Jesus Christ your Son.
27 “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”
We can easily imagine why your soul would have been troubled just prior to going to the cross. The pain, the suffering, the taking of punishment for sin that you never deserved, would have been more than any of us could have handled.
And yet willingly you bore the physical agony, the psychological torment, the guilt that was truly ours. We thank you that you saw this was the very purpose of your coming. We thank you that you saw glory rather than shame in following through with this plan.
And we bow in reverent worship to the Father who glorified his name once and again.
May we never lose sight of the cross and all that it means for our salvation.