When you hear the words “The Lord’s Prayer” you’re probably thinking about Matthew 6:9-13. And why wouldn’t you? You’ve been told all your life that’s the Lord’s Prayer. My good friend Wayne Burger told me that the Lord’s Prayer is really in John chapter 17. This is when Jesus went to pray just before Judas betrayed Him. And toward’s the end, I find the most amazing words – Jesus prays for me.
If you’re wondering what God’s plan for your life is, or what He wants for you – I think this prayer of Jesus’ lays it out pretty well.
My prayer is not for them alone [the Apostles]. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them. (John 17:20-26)