20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21 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. 22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. 24 Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began! 25 “O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me. 26 I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.”
What happens when Jesus prays?
Have you ever thought that Jesus is praying for those you love and want to see experience eternal life? He’s praying for them too! It’s a partnership – Jesus and me, working hard to see friends, family, even strangers, saved and rescued from hell. So often I think I’m alone in this ‘harvest field’ but I’m not. And it’s not even a 50/50 workload spread. It’s Jesus who reveals God to people. It’s Jesus who makes God real to people – the ‘God with them’ – not me (see verse 26).
I’m tempted to ask ‘so what is my role? What do I say?” But maybe that not the right focus. After all, Jesus did promise that the right words would be given me (see Matthew 10:19). My focus and hope and confidence must come, not from what’s going on around me but who is living in me (see verse 23). I can speak out the gospel in the sure knowledge that I am united with Jesus. And because of that fact all authority, in heaven and on earth, (see Matthew 28:18) is just a prayer away.
Lord, you are praying for me. You are prayer for those I love. The thought blows my mind! All the power in the universe is at my disposal. Because I have You. Thank you so much.
Written by Boudy Van Noppen