Praying for you

"Praying Hands" by Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640)

It always seems very comforting when someone says they will pray for you.  It shows how much they care about you and that they feel God can help in your situation.

So, I find it absolutely mind-blowing that Jesus prays for us – for you and me.  He has so much on his mind, and yet he thinks to bring us to God in prayer:

John 17:1-11

Jesus Prays

1After Jesus had finished speaking to his disciples, he looked up toward heaven and prayed:

Father, the time has come for you to bring glory to your Son, in order that he may bring glory to you. 2And you gave him power over all people, so that he would give eternal life to everyone you give him. 3Eternal life is to know you, the only true God, and to know Jesus Christ, the one you sent. 4I have brought glory to you here on earth by doing everything you gave me to do. 5Now, Father, give me back the glory that I had with you before the world was created.

6You have given me some followers from this world, and I have shown them what you are like. They were yours, but you gave them to me, and they have obeyed you. 7They know that you gave me everything I have. 8I told my followers what you told me, and they accepted it. They know that I came from you, and they believe that you are the one who sent me. 9I am praying for them, but not for those who belong to this world. My followers belong to you, and I am praying for them. 10All that I have is yours, and all that you have is mine, and they will bring glory to me. 11Holy Father, I am no longer in the world. I am coming to you, but my followers are still in the world. So keep them safe by the power of the name that you have given me. Then they will be one with each other, just as you and I are one.

Jesus has shown his followers what God was like, he has lived out his ways, and now he prays that we will bring glory to God, that we will be kept safe and be one.  That is what Jesus desires for us:

  • that we live out God’s ways
  • that we are kept safe – not in a warm, snuggly way, but that we are safe from all that ‘the devil’ might throw at us
  • that we will be one with each other – working together in the task God has given us.

That’s what Jesus wanted.  How are we doing?

Jesus is praying for those outcomes in the lives of his people – are we? Are we working for them?

Lord

I find it so amazing

that Jesus should pray for me.

I know these are the things that he wants to see in my life.

I join him in praying them for his people.

Lord may my life be what Jesus longs for it to be

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