Those powerful words belong to Jesus as He prayed to the Father. John 17 is the longest recorded prayer of Christ. In John 16, He spoke of the Holy Spirit to His disciples, and in John 18, He was arrested, followed by His trial, death and of course, resurrection.
John 17 reveals a vital moment in Christ’s life. He knew what was coming, and His heart was that His disciples (which also includes us), would grow to greater heights in relationship with the Father. They are powerful, heartfelt words; words of immense truth and freedom. Jesus always prayed passionately, and Romans 8:34 and Hebrews 7:25 unveil a glorious truth for us about Christ’s prayer life, because it was not confined to His time on earth. He still prays for us – now. He is at the right hand of the Father, and He lives to intercede for us. Jesus is praying for us, even when we are not. Wow.
Jesus’ prayer is that we may know the love of the Father, and that Jesus Himself will be inside us, not as a temporary house guest, but as a permanent resident. Whatever we think, or say, or do – He is right there with us. That revelation must change what we think, say and do. We are never alone.
Do you think any of Jesus’ prayers have ever been, or will ever be, denied by the Father? Of course not. We pray for what we desire. Jesus longs to be in us, so that’s what He prays for, and continues to pray for. The victory is ours, because it is an answered prayer. Let’s rejoice for Christ is with us, He is for us, and He is also IN US.
“He must become greater; I must become less.”
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
1 John 4:4
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your bodies.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20