Pastor's Prayer (2)

John 17:11 (NLT)

Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are. 

John 17 contains a prayer that Jesus prayed, probably the night of the last supper. 

Protect them 

  • Literally means to guard or keep the evil influence and hurt away.
  • The right name makes a big difference. 
  • Protection comes through the name
    - A name represents a relationship. 
    - A name refers to one's nature. 
  • We need protection while we are on earth. 

 

 Make them one

  • The nature of the request leads us to believe that unity is received not achieved.
  • The result of this will be: 
    v. 21 - the world will believe that Jesus was sent by God
    v. 23 - the world will know they are loved

When this prayer is answered there will be supernatural effects on our lives