John 17.11-13 cont.
11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are, as I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them by Your name, the Name which You have given to Me, that they may be one even as We are.
12 When I was with them I kept and guarded them by Your Name, which You gave to Me, and none of them were lost, except the son of perdition, so that the scriptures should be fulfilled.
13 But now I am coming to You, and I say these things whilst in the world that they should have My joy fulfilled within themselves.
One of the responsibilities of being a parent is to look after the children that we are blessed to have. When a baby is born we know that it is totally reliant on its’ mother and father for being fed, for warmth, clothing, and protection from all kinds of things.
Sometimes this may seem an overwhelming responsibility, however, parents have to overcome any feelings of inadequacies in order to keep safe their children.
The prayer of Jesus is that the Father would keep safe the disciples. The word ‘keep’ means to protect, to watch over, to guard, as well as to keep.
There can be no greater means of being kept than that with which the Father keeps us.
It is the privilege of every believer to be guarded by our Heavenly Father, and we are guarded by His Name.
There is a song that tells us that there is power in the Name of Jesus, which rejoices in the fact that His grace is more than sufficient for our every need.
In the Old Testament the promise of God to Joshua is:
No one will be able to stand their ground against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.
and verse 9:
 I command you—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” – Joshua 1.5 & 9 (NLT).
There were many times in the history of Israel when God demonstrated His power to keep the nation safe from their enemies.
The Psalmist wrote these words of assurance:
 The LORD is for me, so I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
 Yes, the LORD is for me; He will help me. I will look in triumph at those who hate me – Psalm 118.6-7 (NLT).
The protection that all believers have is guaranteed through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. In His death Jesus defeated death, sin, and the devil. By the presence of the Holy Spirit within us we are able to live within and under the protective shield of His mighty strength.