Sermon Notes 2019 03 24 PM

March 24, 2019 PM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1887
#4 in series

Jesus Prays for His Disciples
John 17:6-19


This series gives us a glimpse into the prayer life of Jesus. At His lowest point, facing His trial and the cross, Jesus soars into the heavenlies and prays for His disciples and, yes, even for us. So who are Jesus’ disciples, and what does He pray about regarding them? If you want to know what God the Son is doing right now, you need to engage in this study. The Lord is praying for us, and what He prayed over 2,000 years ago still applies today.

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Let me remind you there are three main divisions in this prayer:

1) Jesus prays for Himself (vv. 1-5)

2) Jesus prays for His disciples (vv. 6-19)

3) Jesus prays for the church (vv. 20-26)

The Scriptures are clear about where we find the power to live this life. This was revealed:


Every Jewish boy by age 13 had studied and memorized much of the first 5 books of the Bible and the Prophets. If they were the best, they would be sent to a rabbinical school.

Those schools had the following requirements:

1) The disciple chose to __.

2) The disciple would __.

3) The disciple would learn his teacher’s __.

4) The disciple would __.

5) The disciple would be expected to find __.


In this prayer, Jesus brings together His 33 years of living as the God/man on this planet. What He did, He has told us to do:

Undeniable principles regarding true New Testament discipleship:

Bob Boardman, a missionary to Japan, identified five stages of obedience. If you are true to Scripture, only one is biblical obedience. This is a good test of whether Jesus is Lord of your life or if you and I are trying to negotiate terms we can live with.

Warren Wiersbe summarizes: