Jesus has just finished praying for himself; that
be glorified through his death. Jesus now turns his attention to his
disciples, and he prays that God would be glorified through them as
well. In this passage, Jesus says that there are four reasons that he
is praying for them.
First, Jesus prays for the disciples because God the Father gave them
to Jesus. He will use this precious gift to bring glory to himself
and the Father. Second, Jesus prays for the disciples because they
know him. Though the disciples did not perfectly understand
everything that Jesus had ever told them at this point in their lives,
they did understand that he was God and man, and that he would save
them. Third, Jesus prays for the disciples because he loved them very
much. It is true that Jesus loves all people, but the love that he
has for his own is a special love. Fourth, Jesus prays for his
disciples because he is about to leave them. They will have to face
temptations and hostility without his physical presence.