The Disciples' Final Training - Part 4 of 5



“Jesus Prayed for You”
Series: “The Disciples’ Final Training”
(Part 4 of 5)


“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word…” John 17:20 (ESV)


Four things that Jesus prayed for you:

1. That you would have joy.


“But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.” John 17:13 (ESV) 


“Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. 21 When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.” John 16:20-22 (ESV)


2. That you would be protected.


“I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.” John 17:15 (ESV)


“They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” John 17:16 (ESV)


3. That you would be all in.


“Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.” John 17:17-19 (ESV) 


You know God’s Word is your authority
when it can stop you in your tracks.


4. That we would be one


“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:20-21 (ESV) 




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1. When someone tells you, "I'm praying for you" or "You're in my prayers," what comes to mind?


2. Jesus mentioned that He prayed for His followers. What would be your request for Jesus to pray for you?


3. Read John 17:13-15: By praying for believers' protection, what potential actions of the evil one was Jesus referring to? How have you experienced God's protection against the evil one?


4. In what ways does Jesus' prayer for us give us increased confidence?


5. Read John 17:20-23: Why is it crucial for the disciples and for believers today, to be united?


6. How can acknowledging that Jesus prays for us bring a renewed sense of confidence in our daily life?

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