Day 23

Glorify Your Son

from the John reading plan

John 17:1-26, Isaiah 42:8, 1 John 5:20

BY Andrea Lucado

Text: John 17:1-26, Isaiah 42:8, 1 John 5:20

This has been a difficult week for me. I am heartbroken. I am utterly aching with loss. I feel upside-down in my sadness. Have you ever felt this way? Honestly, I wonder who hasn’t. What is your heart aching for today as you read these verses in John 17?

Sometimes when I find myself in the depths, cracking my Bible open is the last thing I want to do. But for some reason, today, I craved falling into Scripture. I felt that God had something for me here, in this passage. And oh, how rich this passage is, especially for the aching heart.

The hour had come for our Savior. As I read His prayer, I can almost feel His aching, His longing to protect those who’ve come to believe in Him. As He anticipated the events to come, He pleaded with the Father for the disciples He loved:

“Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You, Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.”
-John 17:11

Can you imagine being in the presence of Christ as He is praying for you? Sitting in the same room with Him, hearing Him say just before, “in this world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world,” and then watching Jesus turn His eyes heavenward and, in prayer, put your life and soul into the Father’s care?

When I read Jesus’ prayer today, something cracked open. I felt the fervent love He has for me, the fervent love He has for us all. Right after He prayed for the disciples, He prayed for those who will believe (John 17:20). Jesus prayed for you, and He prayed for me, too—for all who would come to trust in Him.

He knew this world. He lived it, walked it, saw the desperation and the brokenness. He knew what it would mean for us to be here—that we would face a seemingly endless stream of trial and tribulation. Knowing what was to come for His disciples and for who would believe, He said:

“I am not praying
that You take them out of the world
but that You protect them from the evil one.”
-John 17:15

He did not pray for our suffering to end, or for the pain and sorrow to cease. Instead, He prayed for our protection as we face these trials and circumstances. He prayed that we would not face them alone, but with the support of our community and our God.

“May they all be one,
as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You.
May they also be one in Us,
so the world may believe You sent Me.”
-John 17:21

The idea that Jesus is not only near us, but in us—not only for us, but a part of us—brings comfort to my heart as nothing else can. I in them, and You in Me” (v. 23)—this is His will for the Church.

Whatever you face today, we as believers are one in Him, and this oneness tells the world of the glory of God. Perhaps that is why writing this has felt so healing for me: it has reminded me that I am not alone in heartache. We are all still in this world, though not of it, and whether it is joy or suffering that binds us, God is glorified in our unity.


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114 thoughts on "Glorify Your Son"

  1. Beth Hinson says:

    What a thought that Jesus himself prayed for us and still does take our cares, worries, and concerns to his father when he sees us struggling! I am so thankful to have a Father that cares for us to well!

  2. Laura says:

    Grieving and touched by this vulnerable reflection on John 17. Thank you for drawing my eyes back to his upturned prayerful face.

  3. Emma says:

    This really touched me. Our world is so broken and divided right now, and what a sweet reminder it is to know that Jesus prayed for us to be one. I loved when you said “whether it is joy or suffering that binds us, God is glorified in our unity.” Despite all else that separates us, may we be reminded that as brothers and sisters in Christ we can find similarities in the circumstances of this world yet be reminded that Jesus prayed protection over us. I pray I echo they prayers of Jesus today and strive for unity in my life. Thank you for the message!

  4. Linda says:

    Thank you for this message. I felt so low and angry at God for my son being hurt when he was a baby by his birth father. Questioned why I had faith…was it real?
    This helped me refocus and feel the peace to go on and draw close to Jesus. No I don’t have the ans e ers why but I can keep moving forward to grow. Thank you and may God bless you

  5. Kari says:

    Andrea, you will never realize what a blessing this was. The past few months I have been praying that I would understand Jesus’ love for us. My pastor, devotionals, and people in my church have been consistently telling me “you cannot love others, love yourself, or do anything until you grasp God’s love for you.” It’s been haunting me! I just couldn’t break past the wall. Until this devotional. Jesus prayed for me. For all of us. For my protection and happiness and understanding. He was thinking of US before his death. What a better way to see someone’s love for you. Your explanation of this chapter has helped me so much more than you will ever know. Thank you so much for writing this!

  6. Williamson07 says:

    I am also a bit behind in my studies but this reading made me think of a sweet friend and young mother of two. She is battling a persistent breast cancer that is wearing on her body but not on her positive and determined spirit. She loves the Lord and would appreciate all the prayers she can get. If anyone reading would please pray for her I would be grateful!

    1. She Reads Truth says:

      Praying for your sweet friend.

      – Stormye

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