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John 17

The Greatest Prayer In The Bible

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | May 1, 1977

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Most Christians recognize the importance and power of prayer, but we often struggle to apply prayer in our daily lives. Pastor Wiersbe explains why John 17 is the greatest prayer ever prayed. And think about this: if Jesus needed to pray, how much more do we need to?

Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.


We know the power and importance of prayer, but we often struggle in our prayer life.

John 17 is the greatest prayer ever prayed.

-       Greatness of the person who spoke the prayer: Jesus

  • Jesus prayed for whole church and people from all nations.
  • It cost Jesus everything to pray this prayer.
  • Jesus was a man of prayer. 
  • If Jesus needed to pray, how much more do we need to pray?

-       Greatness of the petitions Jesus asked

  • Jesus prays for Himself with a concern for God’s glory (John 17:1-5).
  • Am I willing to suffer and die that Jesus might be glorified?
  • Praying for the glory of God lifts your petition into the will of God.
  • Jesus prays for His disciples, for their security and sanctity.
  • Jesus prays for unity and future glory for the church.

-       Greatness of the purpose of this prayer

  • The word “glory” is used to describe the purpose eight times.
  • The glory of God is the shining of all the attributes of God.
  • Jesus is concerned with the glory of God in all things.

-       Greatness of the people of whom Jesus was praying

  • Jesus is praying for His church.
  • God calls us out of the world through salvation that He might send us back into the world to tell others about Him.

-       Greatness of the price Jesus paid to answer this prayer.

  • Jesus gave up His life to save us and bring God glory.
  • For us to see God’s glory and life Jesus had to suffer and face death.

If you were facing the cross would you be praying like Jesus did?

The greatest ministry you can have is the ministry of prayer.

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