THE HIGH PRIESTLY PRAYER

Scripture Reading:  John 17:1-5

“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.’”  (John 17:1-2)

Having completed His final discourse to His disciples, our Lord Jesus prayed for them.  This prayer is also His prayer for us.  We call it the “High Priestly Prayer,” for Jesus is our great High Priest who makes intercession for us:  “Jesus Christ is the one who died — more than that, who was raised — who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us” (Romans 8:34).

Jesus was about to complete His sacrificial work on our behalf; He was soon to be crucified.  This also was part of His priestly work.  He is the Lamb of God, who came to take away the sin of the world (John 1:29).  Before He faced the cross, our Lord prayed for His disciples and for all who would believe in Him.  He knew His hour had come.

Jesus prays first for Himself (vs. 1-5), then for His disciples (vs. 6-19), and finally for all who will believe (vs. 20-26).  His prayer comes from His heart, from His great love for His disciples and for us.  He pleads to the Father on behalf of the disciples and on behalf of all who will follow Him throughout the years.

It gives me great comfort to know that Jesus continually makes intercession for us.  He is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He prays for us when we face troubles and hardship.  He prays for us when we are being seduced by the world and the flesh, and when we are being tempted by the evil one.  He prays for us when we need guidance and wisdom.  He prays for us when we are weak and filled with anxiety.  He prays for us when we grieve and suffer.

Jesus, our great High Priest, sympathizes with our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15).  He understands what we are facing, because He too suffered and was tempted.  He hurts when we hurt and rejoices when we rejoice.  His eye is constantly on us and He continually makes intercession for us.

“Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).

Lord Jesus, my great High Priest, I am comforted to know that you a re interceding for me right now.  You know my needs.  You know what I will face today and You are praying for me.  Thank You for saving me and for Your faithful prayers on my behalf.

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