The desire of every true leader is to see his disciples follow after him. Jesus prays for His disciples pleading with the father to first protect them in His name (John 17:11). Jesus then confirms the fact that he is one with God and prays also for the oneness of His disciples.
Jesus also prayed that His disciples may have full Joy. Interesting don’t you think? Jesus was concerned about the joy of his disciples.
Jesus prays for the sanctification of His disciples.
“Sanctify them by[d] the truth; your word is truth.” (John 17:17). Jesus understood His disciples would face several hard times on earth and would need His prayers. I believe a time came in the life of many of His disciples when they remembered the prayer Jesus made for them. Strength comes when we pray!
Did Jesus pray for only the disciples he had with him? No! Jesus prayed for you also.
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you 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. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:20-23)
Dear friend, as Jesus prayed for his disciples He also prayed for you!
Maybe this is the right time to remember you were prayed for by Jesus. With so many uncertainties happening today in the world followers of Jesus Christ must be firm and hold on to the rock that never fails.
Whenever you feel like giving up, whenever you think Jesus is far, remember he thought about you many years ago and prayed for you. You can remember His prayer by reading aloud John 17:6-26 to yourself.
God bless and keep you brother/sister. Maranatha!