Jesus Prays For You
Hebrews 7:25: Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
If you have come to the Father through Jesus He always prays for you. He does not just pray for the disciples and Apostles, He prays for you. That truth should excite you. He has prayed a multitude of prayers for you and continues to pray for you. In this article we will focus on just one of His prayers for you.
John 17:17: Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
Albert Barnes NT Commentary:
Sanctify them. This word means to render pure, or to cleanse from sins. Sanctification in the heart of a Christian is progressive. It consists in his becoming more like God and less attached to the world; in his getting the ascendancy over evil thoughts, and passions, and impure desires; and in his becoming more and more weaned from earthly objects, and attached to those things which are unseen and eternal. The word also means to consecrate, to set apart to a holy office or purpose. John 17:19: And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. When Jesus prayed here that God would sanctify them, he probably included both these ideas, that they might be made personally more holy, and might be truly consecrated to God as the ministers of his religion. Ministers of the gospel will be really devoted to the service of God just in proportion as they are personally pure.
People*s New Testament Commentary:
To sanctify is to render holy, or to consecrate. Those sanctified are saints. The means of canonization is . . . the truth; . . . He prays for their consecration by the power of the word in their hearts. Every disciple should be thus consecrated, but the means is not a miraculous work of grace, but the reception of God*s word into our hearts and the complete surrender to his will spoken in his word.
William Burkitt New Testament:
Sanctify them, not initially, for so they were sanctified already, but progressively: let them increase more and more in grace and holiness.
The most direct meaning of sanctification to believers is that we are set apart for God. His means of setting us apart is the Bible. The Bible is the key. Believers who study and obey the Bible will accomplish much more for God than those who just dabble in it or neglect it altogether. We are the only ones who can keep this prayer of Jesus for us from getting answered. Do we want to be set apart for God? How much do we study the Bible? If you have been a dabbler or a neglecter but are still breathing, it is not too late for you to get started.