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In many Bibles the heading for this chapter is "Jesus Prayer" or the ESV "The High Priestly Prayer" as I read this passage I get very excited.
In May 2011 I graduated from the Haggard School of Theology of Azusa Pacific University with a Master of Arts in Worship Leadership. Have the program was music classes the other half Bible/theology classes. One of my classes I had to write a paper on this passage. I had to do the exegesis on it. If you don't know what an exegesis is don't feel bad I didn't either until I started doing Bible classes! But basically you take a passage and drill down to it's meaning. Looking at the passage in light of what it would have meant to the original audience.
My "sermon" paper ended up being a Model of Prayer. I don't know about your church background, but sometimes I've been made to feel almost guilty for praying for myself. Yet Jesus opens up His prayer praying for Himself. HELLO??? If the Son of God needs to pray for Himself, I think it's ok for us. Then He moves on and prays for His disciples, and then He prays for us.
I looked at it in light of praying for myself that my actions bring glory to God. Then to pray for my brothers and sisters in the body of Christ, and then pray for the future brothers and sisters in Christ.
Forgive the longer rant, but having studied this passage it came to mean a great deal to me. Are there any parts in the passage that just make you want to SHOUT!