Prayer of Jesus for the new holy people
1 After saying this, Jesus lift ed up his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; give glory to your Son, that the Son may give glory to you. 2 You have given him power over all mortals, and you want him to bring eternal life to all you have entrusted to him. 3 For this is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and the One you sent, Jesus Christ.
4 I have glorified you on earth and finished the work that you gave me to do. 5 Now, Father, give me in your presence the same Glory I had with you before the world began.
6 I have made your name known to those you gave me from the world. They were yours and you gave them to me, and they kept your word. 7 And now they know that all you have given me comes indeed from you. 8 I have given them the teaching I received from you, and they received it and know in truth that I came from you; and they be lieve that you have sent me.
9 I pray for them; I do not pray for the world but for those who belong to you and whom you have given to me – 10 indeed all I have is yours and all you have is mine – and now they are my glory. 11 I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world whereas I am going to you. Holy Father, keep them in your Name (that you have given me,) so that they may be one, just as we are.
12 When I was with them, I kept them safe in your Name, and not one was lost except the one who was already lost, and in this the Scripture was fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you and I leave these my words in the world that my joy may be complete in them.
14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them be cause they are not of the world; just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask you to remove them from the world but to keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world; 17 consecrate them in the truth – your word is truth.
18 I have sent them into the world as you sent me into the world, 19 and for their sake, I go to the sacrifice by which I am consecrated, so that they too may be consecrated in truth.
20 I pray not only for these but also for those who through their word will believe in me. 21 May they all be one as you Father are in me and I am in you. May they be one in us; so the world may believe that you have sent me.
22 I have given them the Glory you have given me, that they may be one as we are one: 23 I in them and you in me. Thus they shall reach perfection in unity and the world shall know that you have sent me and that I have loved them just as you loved me.
24 Father, since you have given them to me, I want them to be with me where I am and see the Glory you gave me, for you loved me before the foundation of the world.
25 Righteous Father, the world has not known you but I have known you, and these have known that you have sent me. 26 As I revealed your Name to them, so will I continue to reveal it, so that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I also may be in them.”