May 27, 2012: John 17:1-13, Told for Younger Children
Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Christian Education · May 21, 2012
One day, our Lord Jesus Christ looked up towards Heaven and prayed. He said, “Father, glorify Your Son so that He can glorify You. You have given Me power to give eternal life to my followers. I glorified You on earth and did what you sent Me to do. Now, Father, glorify Me with the same glory I had with You before the world was even made.
“I have helped people learn about You. They have obeyed Your Word. They believe that You sent Me. I am praying for those who believe that I came from You.
“They will still be in the world after I come back to You. Keep them in Your Name and let them be close friends, like You and I are. I took care of them while I was with them. Now I am praying for them so that they can have my joy in their lives even after I come back to You.”
Who is Jesus talking to in this story? Who is He talking about?
What power did God the Father give to Jesus?
Jesus tells the Father that He taught people about Him. What does He say that the people have done?
What is something that Jesus prays for those who believe that He came from God?
Do you think it was good for Jesus to pray for His followers? Why or why not?
“Christians” means “followers of Christ.”
Since we are Christians, we are following Jesus.
That means He was praying for us, too!