In His prayer in John 17, Jesus prayed for five important things for all of us.
The five things He prayed for were as follows:
The First Request - UNITY! John 17:9-12 NKJ version “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10 And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 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. 12 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."
The Second Request - JOY! John 17:13 NKJ version "But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 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."
The Third Request - PROTECTION! John 17:15 NKJ version "I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world."
The Fourth Request - PURITY! John 17:17 NKJ version "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world."
The Fifth Request - ETERNAL LIFE! John 17:24 NKJ version “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."
He prayed that the Father would keep His disciples safe and from evil. Then He reveals the way that God will accomplish this - through His Word. Anyone who desires to live for God, must reject the devil and reject the world's system they must know God's Word, otherwise it will be a hard walk.
When people study the scriptures they reveal the will of God in our actions and attitudes. To be filled with the knowledge of God's will, we must be filled with His Word because God's Word is His will! Those who are ignorant of God's Word will be ignorant of God's will, and they will continue to struggle.
Knowledge of God's will is foundational in developing Christian conduct and character. There is no way we can fulfil God's will if we don't know what it is.
The starting point for any Christian is in understanding God's will for one's life.
How does a person obtain such knowledge? The first step is to desire it.
Jeremiah 29:13 "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."
Many people ask the Lord for knowledge of His will, but don't receive it because they aren't seeking with ALL THEIR HEART. No one who has ever sought the Lord with his whole heart has ever been disappointed.
The Holy Spirit is the dispenser of God's wisdom. It is through Him that we know the things God has revealed to us. One of the primary ministries of the Holy Spirit is to reveal God's will to us.
There is no way we can walk worthy of the Lord and please Him if we don't know His will. Furthermore, we can't be fruitful without the knowledge of His will.
God has provided all that we need to be successful and victorious in this life. Believe His Word.
Have a wonderful week enjoying the WHOLE TRUTH!