I Pray for Them

Jesus had just finished telling his disciples that he was going to leave the earth, that they could not go with him, but that they would come later. He commands us, his followers, to remain in his love, and he said that if we keep his commands, we will remain in his love. He told us we would be hated and persecuted for the sake of the name of Christ because we do not belong to the world, for he called us out of the world. He informed us that we will weep and mourn, but again we will rejoice, and no one, he stated, will take away our joy. He said that in this world we will have trouble, but we are to take heart, for He has overcome the world! And, then he prayed to the Father on the behalf of his followers, for now it was time for him to depart this world and to return to the Father.

I Pray for Them / An Original Work / June 4, 2013

Based off John 17

“Glorify Your Son, that Your Son
May glorify our God in heav’n.
Father, You granted Him all power
And all authority over men,
That He might give eternal life
To all those whom now
You have given Him.”

“This now then is eternal life:
That they may know You,
Father, and Your Son;
That they may know the only true God,
And Jesus Christ whom the Father sent.
I have brought You the glory by
Finishing the work that You’ve given Me.”

“I have shown You to those whom
You gave to Me out of the world;
They were Yours. You gave them to Me
And they have obeyed Your words
And they accepted them. They knew
That I came from You, and they believed
With certainty, I was sent.”

“Holy Father, I pray for them by the
Power of Your name: Protect them,
So that they may be one as we are,
For they are still living in this world.
I have given them Your word;
Because of Your word, the world
Has hated them.”

“I pray they may have the full measure of
My joy now living within them.
Father, I pray You sanctify them
By Your word; truly Your word is truth.
As You sent Me into the world,
I send them to tell the world to repent.”