“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me." - John 17:20-21
Before heading to His death on the cross, Jesus pauses and prays for Himself, His friends, and all of us who would believe in Him in the future.
It’s true, our prayer reveals much about what you think and believe about God. If you want to know what someone thinks about God, listen to their prayers. Do they ask God only for wealth and possessions, or for others’ salvation? Do they appeal for God’s intervention like they would present a business proposal or as a child petitioning their father? What fills your prayer requests?
In John 17, we’re allowed to drop in on one of Jesus’ prayers. Though it is only moments before He will be betrayed, brutally beaten and crucified, Jesus takes time to pray on behalf of His disciples. He shows His deepest concern, not only for the men He has taught for years but for those who would later hear His message, including you.
The intimacy with which Jesus speaks to God is evident. You’ll notice Jesus and God have shared a perfect loving relationship. Through Jesus, we get to enter into their perfect loving union. You have received eternal life and restoration to a loving and intimate relationship with God through Jesus.
You have to get this in you: God is not far off. And Jesus’ concern and love for you is not distant. He prayed for you. Even today, the Son resides next to the Father, continuing to appeal on your behalf (1 John 2:1). Today, thank God for allowing you to enter into a completely loving relationship with Him through Jesus.
“Jesus, I am at awe at how your relationship with The Father was deeply intimate. I desire to have that same depth in my relationship. Continue to reveal to me, just how deep and wide your love is for me. Reveal moments when you’re thinking of me. And help never forget that you want that for me too. I love you.”
Take a moment, and think of 5 things Jesus has done in your life to display His love for you. Think about how Jesus has you in mind, always. Breathe slowly, and sit quietly in the feeling of security, peace, love, and the joy of the depth of your relationship with Jesus.