Why does Jesus pray these words to the Father? If He is God, wouldn’t we be able to assume that His thoughts already align with the Father’s thoughts, so prayer is unnecessary? That actually makes some sense since Jesus IS God – so why, then, does Jesus pray these words to the Father? Two things seem obvious to me – and a third is almost too good to be true.
Some have called this prayer “the real Lord’s Prayer.” Some have said John 17 may be the greatest chapter in all of the Bible. Here we see the Son of God praying to the Father – not for a city, not for a nation, but for the whole world. And what is amazing is that in this prayer, we are privileged to listen in on communication b
Every word Jesus spoke and every miracle God did through Him revealed some aspect of God’s nature to everyone watching and listening. God was glorified as those experiencing life with and around Jesus witnessed him healing the lame, calming storms, raising the dead, feeding enormous crowds – and most importantly, forgiving sinners. No one understood at the time, but Jesus knew that He was on a path moving toward the cross, planned by the Father from before the foundation of the world.