Jesus’ ministry is not only a ministry of preaching, teaching and healing. It is also a ministry of prayer. In John 17, we see Jesus praying. In His prayer, we see His uniqueness. We see Him committing Himself to the pathway that leads to the Cross, the place where He will fulfil God’s purpose of salvation - ‘Father, the time has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may glorify You’ (v.1). We hear Him praying not only for His first disciples. He prays also for believers of every generation (v.20). As we look at the praying Jesus, we catch a glimpse of Him as our Lord who is ‘the same yesterday, today and for ever’, our Saviour concerning whom we can still say, ‘the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses us from all sin’ (Hebrews 13:8; 1 John 1:7).