TEXT: John 17:24-26
24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 199 messages in this series.
This is message #200 titled, The Profound Prayer that Jesus Prayed, Part 16
As we come to the close of Jesus’ prayer that He prayed for the disciples and for us, there is one overarching theme that is apparent. The theme is that of knowing God. Jesus prayed, “O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.”
Everything about Jesus’ coming into the world comes down to the theme of the world knowing God. The Greek word for “know” does not simply denote head knowledge. It is not knowing about God, but becoming acquainted with Him the same way one becomes acquainted with a new friend. Because Jesus is one with the Father, He knows the Father better than anyone. He came to show the world, which does not know God, what God is like.
At the time of Jesus’ prayer, the world still did not know God. Even the Jews, who had the most book knowledge about God, did not really know God. In fact, many of them were intent on doing away with Jesus Christ, the very image of God whom they refused to recognize. From this perspective, it looked like Jesus’ mission to help the world know God would have ended in failure, and Jesus would have died in vain with no one to carry on the work that He began.
But Jesus had His disciples. He prayed, “I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name…” Jesus knew God, and the disciples knew Jesus. Through Jesus, the disciples came to know God. They did not know everything about God, but they knew that God had sent Jesus. Jesus had declared unto them the name of God not just through His words, but through His actions. And He said, “I will continue to declare it.” The crucifixion of Christ was going to be the biggest declaration of God’s character that the disciples and the world had ever seen. Everyone would see God willing to sacrifice His innocent Son for sinful humanity.
Why was it so important for Jesus to show the disciples who God is? Jesus answers in the closing line of His prayer, “that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.” Jesus prayed for God’s love to inhabit His disciples — the very same unconditional love that prompted God to send Jesus into the world. The disciples would need this love to show toward each other and toward the world. They would also need for Jesus to come and live within them that they might show forth the same desire to teach, preach, and show the world what God is like.
What the disciples did upon Jesus’ resurrection is the same thing that we ought to be doing today — showing God’s love to the world and showing the world what God is like. We can do these things by the power of the Holy Spirit because Jesus prayed for us and God answered His prayer.
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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.