Jesus prayed with His disciples for us!
Scripture reading for April 29th: John 17
What a comfort to know that Jesus talked with His Father about His own life and the lives of His followers! First, Jesus prayed for Himself as He approached the cross. This prayer took place in the upper room just before He and the group left for the Garden of Gethsemane. “Father, the time has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may glorify You. For You granted Him authority over all people that He might give eternal life to all those You have given Him. Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:1-3) Jesus looked at His obedient death on the cross as a glorification of the Father and Him. This plan would bring authority to Jesus to grant eternal life to all the Father would give Him.
Next Jesus prayed for His current faithful disciples. These would be left behind in the world to do His Father’s work of reaching the lost and confronting the evil one. “I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, protect them by the power of Your Name–the Name you gave Me–so that they may be one as We are One.” (John 17:11) Jesus asked for their protection in the world from the evil one through His Name!
Finally, Jesus prayed for all future followers: “My prayer is not for them alone, I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be One. Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:20-21)