20. JESUS IS PRAYING FOR HIS OWN (John 17:13-21)
BACKGROUND: This is the last prayer Jesus prays for his disciples while he is with them. He knows that soon they will desert him. There is a word in this passage, which is very common in the gospel of John, namely “the world”. It appears in this gospel a total of 50 times. The leader may read the following
instances: John 1:9-11; 9:5; 15:18-19 and 16:33.
What would you pray for your loved ones if you knew that you would soon
What does Jesus ask for his disciples during his last night on this
PROTECTION (verses 11,12,15)
What would you like God to protect you and your loved ones from?
What does Jesus promise to protect his own from? (Why doesn’t Jesus pray for his Father to protect his disciples from
What is the means by which Jesus will protect us?
THE WORLD (verses 13-18)
What does Jesus say about the world in this last prayer of his?
What is the biggest difference between Jesus’ disciples and the
Why does the world hate Christians (verse 14)?
What are the two dangers in regard to a Christian’s relationship to the world? (Why doesn’t Jesus want to isolate his own from the world – for example by putting them into a monastery, cf. verse 18?)
Think about your relation to the world: is it as Jesus would like it to
How would you evaluate your Christian fellowship in this respect? Is its relationship to the world as Jesus prayed it would be in his last
JOY (verse 13)
Where does the full measure of joy of a Christian come from?
How can Jesus expect his disciples to be joyful while the world is hating and persecuting
Define the word "joy" – what does Jesus mean by it?
If you feel that you don’t have any joy in your life, what do you think might be the
GOD’S WORD (verses 14,17,19)
Is it difficult or easy for you to believe that God’s word, the Bible, is true
(verse 17)? Give your reasons.
What will happen if a Christian denies one portion of the Bible by claiming that it is no longer valid in our
What does Jesus mean when he says that the truth will sanctify us (verse
What does the prayer of Jesus teach us about the so-called “spiritual warfare”? (If you are not familiar with the term, you can skip this
What in this prayer touches your heart most deeply?
GLAD TIDINGS: "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the
WORLD!" (John 1:29).
"For God so loved the WORLD that he gave his one and only Son" (John 3:16).