The Prayer of a Righteous Man

When I read John 17, I admit. I could not stop. I kept reading which is why I did not post anything. I walked away with one thought from the passage. I am one of the future believers that Jesus prayed for to God. I remain one because I am kept/protected by the power of His name. Just the name of Jesus keeps/protects me. I know I really do not have a full grasp of the power associated with the name of Jesus, but I do know that power is what keeps me.

As I reflected on what to write about today, I was drawn back to John 17. Yes, I had been captivated and read beyond, but it was the prayer of Jesus that brought me back. I heard the Spirit say the words of James 5:16 “…The Prayer of a Righteous Man is powerful and effective. (note: the recent revision of the NIV makes some references gender neutral. Clearly, James was not talking solely about men as the only believers, but I just prefer to list the verse as I memorized over 25 years ago). It is Jesus is the only righteous one, but God makes us righteous through faith in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21 gives testimony to that truth. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God”. Lastly, Romans 8 was just screaming out to me that it is true because The Prayer of a Righteous Man is powerful and effective.

Before we read John 17, listen to what Jesus prayed for there in Romans 8: “28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”

John 17

After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

Jesus prays for Himself
Jesus prays for God to glorify Him. (v 1)
Jesus proclaims where is and what is eternal life. (v 2-3)
Jesus prays for God to glorify Him again. (v 4-5)
Jesus prays for His disciples
Jesus pronounces the glory of accomplishing His purpose with the disciples – His obedience led to disciples’ belief. (v 6-8)
Jesus proclaims purpose of prayer for the disciples – His glory (v 9-10)
Jesus prays for God to keep/protect the disciples (v 11-12)
Jesus prays specifically for how to keep/protect the disciples: in joy and from the evil one. (v 13-16)
Jesus prays for God to sanctify the disciples again. (v 17-19)
Jesus prays for His believers
Jesus prays for all future believers. (v 20)
Jesus prays for a oneness among all believers. (v 21)
Jesus prays for glory of believer by being one and unified. (v 22-23)
Jesus prays for believer’s glorification – to be with Him and to see His glory. (v 24)
Jesus concludes His prayer. (v 25-26)
The Prayer of a Righteous Man is powerful and effective. I thank God for Jesus as I hear the Spirit whispering  Romans 8  again.

33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Hallelujah! Praise The LORD for The Prayer of a Righteous Man.


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