“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,” (John 17:20–22)
It's easy to think of the Bible as ancient history, things which happened long ago to people far away. Interesting as history, but not particularly relevant to today. After all there are no cars in the New Testament and none us wears a toga! It’s easy to read the Bible as a detached observer, but that is to make a mistake.
In today's passage you will find something extraordinary: Jesus prays for you. Granted, he doesn't use your name but if you believe in him, if you have placed your trust in him, then he prays for you. Listen to his words: “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word”.
In this phrase Jesus reaches across the centuries and speaks of you. He brings you before his Heavenly Father and prays for you. What a thought! The Son brings you before the Father.
And for what does he pray? That we will be united to God, and therefore united to each other. That we will have a relationship with God which is so close it is if you are one. It is having Christ dwelling in you, and being part of the Body of Christ.
What it is to be prayed for by Jesus!