This is what Jesus prayed as he looked up into heaven,
“Father, the time has come.
Unveil the glorious splendor of your Son,
So that I will magnify your glory!
You have already given me authority
Over all people so that I may give
The gift of eternal life
To all those that you have given to me.
Eternal life means to know and experience you
As the only true God,
And to know and experience Jesus Christ,
As the Son whom you have sent.
I have shown the world your glory
By faithfully doing everything you’ve told me to do.
So my Father, restore me back to the glory
Which we shared together when we were face to face
Before the universe was created.”
“Father, I have manifested who you really are
And I have revealed you to the men and women
That you gave to me.
They were yours,
And you gave them to me,
And they have fastened your Word
Firmly to their hearts.
And now at last they know that everything I have
Is a gift from you,
And the very words you gave to me to speak
I have passed on to them.
They have received your words
And carry them in their hearts.
They are convinced
That I have come from your presence,
And they have fully believed
That you sent me to represent you.
So with deep love, I pray for my disciples.
I’m not asking on behalf of the unbelieving world,
But for those who belong to you,
Those you have given me.
For all who belong to me
Now belong to you.
And all who belong to you
Now belong to me as well,
And my glory is revealed
Through their surrendered lives.
I am about to leave this world
To return and be with you,
But my disciples will remain here,
So I ask, that by the power of your name—
Protect each one that you have given me,
And watch over them
So that they will be united as one,
Even as we are one.
While I was with these that you have given me,
I have kept them safe
By the power of your name.
Not one of them is lost,
Except the one that was destined to be lost,
So that the Scripture would be fulfilled.
“But now I am returning to you
So Father, I pray that they will
Experience and enter into
My joyous delight in you
So that it is fulfilled in them and overflows.
I have placed your Word within them
And that is why the unbelieving world hates them.
For their allegiance is no longer to this world,
Because I am not of this world.
I am not asking that you remove them from the world
But I ask that you guard their hearts from evil,
For they no longer belong to this world
Any more than I do.
“Your Word is truth!
So make them holy by the truth.
I have commissioned them to represent me
Just as you commissioned me to represent you.
And now I dedicate myself to them
As a holy sacrifice
So that they will live as fully dedicated to God,
And be made holy by your truth.
“And I ask not only for these disciples,
But also for all those who will one day
Believe in me through their message.
I pray for them all to be joined together as one
Even as you and I, Father,
Are joined together as one,
I pray for them to become one with us
So that the world will recognize that you sent me.
For the very glory you have given to me
I have given them,
So that they will be joined together as one
And experience the same unity that we enjoy.
You live fully in me
And now I live fully in them
So that they will experience perfect unity,
And the world will be convinced
That you have sent me,
For they will see that you love each one of them
With the same passionate love
That you have for me.
“Father, I ask that you allow everyone
That you have given to me,
To reign at our side,
For I want them to be where I am!
Then they will see my full glory—
The very splendor you have placed upon me,
Because you have loved me
Even before the beginning of time.
“You are my righteous Father,
But the unbelieving world has never known you
In the perfect way that I know you!
And all those who believe in me
Also know that you have sent me!
I have revealed to them who you are
And I will continue to make you even more real to them,
So that they may experience the same endless love
That you have for me,
For your love will now live in them,
Even as I live in them!”