Last week, we talked about the model prayer from Matthew 6, that many call “The Lord’s Prayer.” I think it is more fitting to call Jesus’ prayer in the garden “The Lord’s Prayer.” It is His prayer. As He prepares Himself to give His life and take on the sins of the world onto the cross, He prays a heartfelt prayer for His mission, for His disciples and for all believers.
Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.
I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.
I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
In the first two paragraphs, Jesus speaks to His Father sharing the mission He has been doing on this earth to Him and asking His Father, our Father, to glorify Him, that others may know Him that they may have eternal life. As we pray, we should first acknowledge God and give Him the praise. Sound familiar? Hallowed be your name. We should also always pray for the lost, that they would know Jesus Christ and believe in Him, that He would be their Lord and Savior as He is ours. Let us also pray that God would work through us to give Him glory and expand His kingdom, to bless others through us.
The next paragraph is specifically for His apostles, but I believe this is for all His disciples. He prays to protect them from the evil one. Deliver us from evil. Not that they would be free from harm or persecution, for the world hates them. Not that life would go easy for them, but they would be used by God to glorify Him and spread the word. Let your light shine upon me that your Father in heaven may be glorified. He prays that we be sanctified. That we continue to grow as believers. He prays that our joy may be full as we abide in Him.
Then He prays for all believers, the church. He prays that there is unity in the church and that we live according to His word. That through the church, others would come to know God and believe in Him and be saved. The glory we receive to be made perfect is the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ lives in us through the Holy Spirit giving us power to overcome. He prays that we are reminded of His love. Others will know that we are His by our love.