Jesus’ Prayer for You

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“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!

The Cave (Psalm 142)

A Maskil of David, When He Was in the Cave. A Prayer. With my voice I cry out to the LORD; with my voice I plead for mercy to the LORD. I pour out my complaint before him;I tell my trouble before him. (Psalm 142) - This psalm speaks to the despair of being alone and of being in trouble. Abandoned, David has been thrown onto the mercy of God and he pours out his heart before him.

Who Is Jesus?

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. (Colossians 1:15-16) - Who do you think Jesus is? Think carefully. Don’t be satisfied with anything less than “God” as the answer. Anything less cannot save you.

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