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Passion Week

Jesus Prays for Himself

Scripture

John 17:1-5

Similar Passage

Gethsemane

Commentary

The prayers recorded in John 17 occur before His prayers in the garden at Gethsemane.  They are known as Christ's high priestly prayers or Christ's intercessory prayers as they are personal prayers on behalf of his disciples and all believers.

First, Jesus begins by praying for Himself however.  His prayer is not selfish the way that we tend to pray for ourselves but rather that God would be glorified through what He was going to do.  Because Jesus pointed to the Father, if He was glorified, it would bring glory to God the Father.  For this reason, He asks that He be glorified.

Despite His desire to glorify the Father, this doesn't mean that the task at hand is easy for Jesus to do.  When he reaches the garden at Gethsemane, He still wrestles with the idea of crucifixion and pleads with God for another way is there is one.

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