John 17, Should We Ask Jesus to Pray for Us?

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Puritan Board Graduate
I teach the high school aged Sunday school class and this past week we were studying John 17. This, of course, is the High Priestly Prayer.

I don't know why, but in the opening prayer to our lesson, I asked Jesus to "pray for us." That has not happened since I left Catholicism. It left me with an awkward feeling and asking myself, "was that right?" Because I spent 10 years in Roman Catholicism "pray for us" may have just came out as a sort of lingering, dormant habit.

The HPP is Jesus interceding for us in a prayer to the Father but is it appropriate to ask for prayers? I suppose the same could be asked about the Holy Spirit.


Puritan Board Doctor
Yes and I ask Christ to pray me at times

Hebrews 7:25
25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
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