The Lord’s Prayer for His People by Robert Traill
RHB.-2016. d.w. 424pp.
Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. —John 17:24
Robert Traill’s treatment of Christ’s intercessory prayer for His people is a masterpiece of Puritan experiential doctrine. Mining the depths of John 17:24, Traill discovers the comforts of the doctrine of election, the blessing of our hope of heaven, and the believer’s delight in the glory of Christ—all founded on the immovable love of the Father for His Son. Traill’s exposition is full of practical application, careful to address both believers and unbelievers alike.
Table of Contents:
- The Introduction
- The Matter of Christ’s Prayer
- Christ Knows Those Who Are Given to Him
- Christ’s Heart Is Set on the Bliss of All Whom the Father Has Given Him
- The Blessing for Which Christ Prays
- The Perfect Blessedness of the People of God
- Four Marvelous Things about Salvation
- The Application of the Doctrines
- Why Christ Desires This Blessing
- The Glory of Christ
- Christ’s Glory in Representing God to Us
- Christ’s Glory in Representing Us to God
- Why Christ Prays for This Blessing
- The First Exhortation to Believers
- The Second Exhortation to Believers
- Beholding Christ’s Glory
- The Father’s Love for the Son
Robert Traill (1642–1716) was a Scottish Covenanter who later served congregations in England alongside his Puritan colleagues.
“Robert Traill’s sermons on John 17:24 are vintage Puritan. They are theologically rich, yet accessible and filled with practical wisdom. They should be read thoughtfully, prayerfully, and expectantly by anyone seeking a deeper understanding of Christ’s priestly intercession and glory and what that means for the believer. They are especially suitable for those suffering through various trials. Indeed, Traill has a way of redirecting our thoughts from our earthly sorrows to Christ in heaven, where all our hopes are found. I highly and unreservedly recommend it.” — Randall J. Pederson, managing editor, Westminster Theological Journal, and coauthor of Meet the Puritans