Jesus prays for us, that we might be one
‘I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, 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. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
‘Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.’
And, so here is what I find the most powerful piece of Jesus’ prayer – is that he is praying for each of us in this work. “I ask on behalf of those who will believe through them…” Jesus is praying for you!! How often do we stop to remember that Jesus is praying with us and for us? Our cheerleader, rooting us on to love the world, to see our neighbors with a profound sense of unity in our common shared humanity, that just as much as we pray for others, Jesus is also praying for each of us – appealing to the Lord Almighty on our behalf that the work and ministry we do in God’s name, might reveal to the world a deeper sense of God’s glory. That’s pretty cool if you ask me!