Jesus Prays for Us
John 17:6-19 Jesus Prays for the Disciples
‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake's I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.
Jesus not only prays for his disciples, he prays for you too. We, as disciples and followers of Jesus are also recipients of this prayer. That Jesus prays for us in our lives of faith, just as he prayed for Peter and Paul, Mary and Martha, Thomas and James and the rest of those rag tag disciple crew. Jesus prays for each of us – that we might be grounded in the truth, protected from the world, and filled with the joy of God’s love.
Because let’s be honest, the world is not an easy place. The powers of this world to tear us down and steal our joy are the evils that Jesus knew full well. So it’s a comfort for me to know that when the world has me down, when I feel like the world is out to get me, there is one who continues to champion me, to pray for me, to advocate on my behalf, because Jesus prays for us.