Jesus’ Prayer for Us
Daily Bible Reading – Jeremiah 18-20; Psalm 93; John 17
Today’s Key Passage – John 17:5-26
When was the last time someone prayed for you? Was it a prayer spoken in the privacy of someone else’s heart that you found out about after the fact, or was it another believer praying over you in person? If you have ever experienced this, you know it can be a very moving moment in our faith. We know that, “the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16) We also know that, “if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.” (1 John 5:14-15) These two Biblical truths are what make prayer from another person so powerful, and they are also what make today’s key passage so important.
In the seventeenth chapter of John, Jesus prays an extended prayer for all of His disciples. He prays not only for the disciples who were listening to Him at the time, He also prays for all of us who are following Him today. In His prayer, He asks God for many things on our behalf. He prays that we will all be unified as one body of Christ (Vs. 11), protected from the evil one (Vs. 15), and sanctified by the truth of God’s Word. (Vs. 17) Perhaps my favorite part of Jesus’ prayer is when He asks God to allow each of us to live with Him so we can see His glory. (Vs. 24)
So why did Jesus pray this prayer for us and why is it recorded in the Bible? Jesus had an intimate relationship with the Father, and did not need to pray this prayer aloud for His own benefit or to make sure God heard Him. He did it for one reason and one reason only – so that we all might have the full measure of Jesus’ joy in our lives. (Vs. 13) Experience the joy that comes from knowing that Jesus Christ prayed this prayer for YOU, and that He continues to intercede on YOUR behalf today before God. Since no man has ever been more righteous than Jesus, no prayer has ever been more powerful or more effective.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.