It was noted during study group last Friday that D&C 84:36-38 sounds a lot like Christ’s intercessory prayer as recorded in John 17. It appears to me as I read it this morning that there isn’t one particular verse or part of John 17 that sounds exactly like D&C 84, but that the general language is similar. What’s different in D&C 84 is the several-step progression from servants to Christ to the Father to eternal life. (Also, D&C 132 quotes John 17:3, but changes “eternal life” to “eternal lives.”)
The verses that sound the most similar to me are:
8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
24 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.