The Context of Jesus’ Prayer
While Jesus’ prayer in John 17 has traditionally been dubbed His High Priestly Prayer, others have called it “the Lord’s Prayer,” because Jesus here engages in one of the longest recorded prayers in the Gospels. This is noteworthy also, since John’s gospel does not include the “Lord’s Prayer”—perhaps better named “the disciples’ prayer”—which Jesus taught His disciples at their request and which is included in both Matthew and Luke (Matt. 6:9–13; Luke 11:2–4). On the reasonable assumption that John knew the earlier Gospels when he wrote his, one may surmise that, rather than featuring the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew or Luke, he recorded Jesus’ final prayer before His crucifixion instead.