February 17, 2021

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John 17:15–17 (New International Version)
My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

PASTOR’S COMMENTARY

What has been referred to as the “LORD’s Prayer,” is recorded in the Bible in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4. But those two are actually a model that Jesus used to teach His disciples how to pray. The model prayer in Matthew consists of five verses with 53 words (NIV). The model prayer in Luke has only three verses and contains 34 words (NIV).

It must be understood that there is nothing wrong with repeating these prayers, but they are only a template to be followed. It has been said that they are skeletons that we put flesh on.

This passage in John’s gospel is a small portion of one of the prayers our LORD prayed. What makes it unique is that Jesus did not pray for Himself but prayed for His disciples. Not only did Jesus pray for those original disciples, but he also prayed for future believers, which includes us today.

Compared to the prayer in Matthew and Luke, the prayer in John has 26 verses and 607 words (NIV). Jesus knew He would soon be going to the Cross. Yet, Jesus poured out His heart for us. It was a prayer inspired by His great love.

God’s Word for today should provoke an emotion of thankfulness. It is a fitting reminder of the words of the song Minister Kay and the Praise Team sang Sunday. Oh, How He Loves Us So.

As we continue to deal with all the issues and challenges the world throws at us, remember that Jesus has prayed that we be protected from evil.