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Quiet Time in John 17

Updated: Mar 16, 2022

John 17 (HCSB)

Jesus Prays for Himself

1 Jesus spoke these things, looked up to heaven, and said:

Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son so that the Son may glorify You,

2 for You gave Him authority over all flesh; so He may give eternal life to all You have given Him.

3 This is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and the One You have sent—Jesus Christ.

4 I have glorified You on the earth by completing the work You gave Me to do.

5 Now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with that glory I had with You before the world existed.

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

6 I have revealed Your name to the men You gave Me from the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.

7 Now they know that all things You have given to Me are from You,

8 because the words that You gave Me, I have given them. They have received them and have known for certain that I came from You. They have believed that You sent Me.

9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world but for those You have given Me, because they are Yours.

10 Everything I have is Yours, and everything You have is Mine, and I have been glorified in them.

11 I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to You.

Holy Father, protect them by Your name that You have given Me, so that they may be one as We are one.

12 While I was with them, I was protecting them by Your name that You have given Me. I guarded them and not one of them is lost, except the son of destruction, so that the Scripture may be fulfilled.

13 Now I am coming to You, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have My joy completed in them.

14 I have given them Your word. The world hated them because they are not of the world, as I am not of the world.

15 I am not praying that You take them out of the world but that You protect them from the evil one.

16 They are not of the world, as I am not of the world.

17 Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth.

18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.

19 I sanctify Myself for them, so they also may be sanctified by the truth.

Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 I pray not only for these, but also for those who believe in Me through their message.

21 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.

22 I have given them the glory You have given Me. May they be one as We are one.

23 I am in them and You are in Me. May they be made completely one, so the world may know You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me.

24 Father, I desire those You have given Me to be with Me where I am. Then they will see My glory, which You have given Me because You loved Me before the world’s foundation.

25 Righteous Father! The world has not known You. However, I have known You, and these have known that You sent Me.

26 I made Your name known to them and will make it known, so the love You have loved Me with may be in them and I may be in them.


SIN (verses 24-26): Forgive me, Lord, for often giving in to the enemy in my thoughts. Help me to go to You always!

PROMISE (verse 26): You asked the Father to love us the way He loved You! WOW!

ATTITUDE (verse 127): Lord, help me to truly be sanctified and to understand/internalize Your word as truth!

COMMAND (verse 21): You tell us to be one with the trinity as You are one with God the Father and us.

EXAMPLE (verse 4): Help me to know, understand, and follow the example of Jesus in glorifying You by completing the work You give us to do.

*DAILY NOTE: Still struggling a bit today, so spent more time reading, re-reading, and praying than writing. Remember that Your quiet time is a conversation with God and some days you'll journal more, some days you'll pray more, and some days you'll read more. Don't worry about doing any one particular aspect of your quiet time for any specified amount of time. Just fully be there and partake in it in whatever way you are led to do so that day.

*GENERAL NOTE: I always "sandwich" my quiet time with God in prayer and do it in a location that I will not have any distractions so that I can be focused on my quiet time with God. Do not worry about how short or long your journal entries are for that day's quiet time. Just focus on the actual quiet time and relational conversation with God through the Holy Spirit and His Word. The journaling is an enhancement to your quiet time conversation with God, but also to allow you to reflect on things later as you can look back on your journal entries later when you do the chapters again in the future to see how you have grown. See the FAQ for more detail on how I do my quiet time.

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