“I am praying for them. I am not praying for people in the world but for those you gave me, because they are yours.” John 17:9 NCV
Our church just finished a series called “United” where we studied the prayer of Jesus for 4 weeks along with several other churches in our area. This morning I was re-reading John 17 and this verse jumped out at me. I think that it jumped out at me because so many people say that they are praying for you and do not mean it. That is not to say that everyone who says that they are praying for you in not in fact praying but the fact that Jesus says that he is praying for me and for us as his followers carries some weight with me. So you might ask what is Jesus praying for us? The answer comes in verse 11
“Holy Father, keep them safe by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they will be one, just as you and I are one.”
Jesus is praying that we would live in unity in the same way that He lives in unity with God the Father.
I take great comfort in the fact that Jesus thought enough of me to pray for me and then die for me!
Challenge: How am I living as an answer to Jesus’ prayer in John 17?