J O H N.
This chapter is a prayer, it is the Lord's prayer,
the Lord Christ's prayer. There was one Lord's prayer which he
taught us to pray, and did not pray himself, for he needed not to
pray for the forgiveness of sin; but this was properly and
peculiarly his, and suited him only as a Mediator, and is a sample
of his intercession, and yet is of use to us both for instruction
and encouragement in prayer. Observe, I. The circumstances of the
prayer, ver. 1. II. The
prayer itself. 1. He prays for himself, ver. 1-5. 2. He prays for those that are
his. And in this see, (1.) The general pleas with which he
introduces his petitions for them, ver. 6-10. (2.) The particular petitions
he puts up for them [1.] That they might be kept, ver. 11-16. [2.] That they might
be sanctified, ver.
17-19. [3.] That they might be united, ver. 11 and 20-23. [4.] That
they might be glorified, ver.