“These words spake Jesus, and lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee: as Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him.” John 17:1-2 (KJV)
There is a teaching the Lord gave concerning how His disciples are to pray in Matthew 6. It is often called “The Lord’s Prayer”; however it should in reality be called something like “The Model Prayer”, because Jesus in that prayer was teaching His followers how to pray. It was not a prayer He would pray.
This beginning of His prayer in John 17, is the beginning of “The Lord’s Prayer”. This is the prayer that He prayed for Himself, and those who follow Him.
Jesus, realizing that the time of His death is approaching asked the Father to glorify Him. A time of trial was approaching in the life of Jesus unlike anything He had ever experienced. It was a trial that was going to be for His glory and the glory of the Father. Jesus asked for something He knew the Father had willed for His life. He fully believed and trusted the Father to see this matter through to the end.
When we pray in the Father’s will we will be asking for His glory to be seen in our trials, and our joys of life. That is the heart of Jesus.
Since Jesus had come for the most distinct purpose of glorifying the Father He also realizes that the salvation of many is dependent upon the Father. The Father has given His Son Jesus “Power over all flesh”. He will give eternal life to as many as the Father has given Him.
We must understand that no one can be delivered from sin and given life eternal except it be given from above. The man or woman on the street or in church, cannot, just with his, or her own accord, decide that they are going to follow Jesus. It must be given to them of the Father. It is the Father who will open their eyes, and their hearts, make them aware of their sin, their lostness, then they have desire to know God, and to call on Him for salvation.
Salvation or eternal life is given by the Father and the Son as a free gift. It cannot be earned, nor bargained for.
These verses, and this whole prayer declares to us the very sovereignty of God in our salvation. It is solely of God. Our part is only in receiving the gift.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works; which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10 (KJV)