Jesus prayed for me.
I’m chewing on the last seven verses of John 17. And there Jesus prayed for me, as well as for all who would believe in Him through the word of the gospel. The word first proclaimed by those who were with Him that night in the upper room before He was betrayed.
Not gonna lie, like being prayed for. I NEED to be prayed for.
But so often I want prayer in order to help me do what I gotta do or, to help me endure what I gotta endure or, to walk in the manner I know I should walk. Rarely do I seek prayer to help me just be who Jesus wants me to be. But that’s what Jesus prays here, that I may be.
First, Jesus prayed that I may be one. One with others.
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word, that they may all be one, just as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You . . .
(John 17:20-21a ESV)
This season has been a lonely season in many ways. Not seeing those you want to see, not hanging with those you want to hang with. Yet, there is the communion of the saints that really knows nothing of being locked down. There is a bond with all believers which transcends the things of earth. I am not an individual trying to make it on my own, I’m part of a body where each does its part (1Cor. 12:18-20). I’m part of a family (Eph. 2:19) with other blood-bought brothers and sisters. I’m a living stone, placed alongside other living stones, to be built into a spiritual house (1Pet. 2:5), a holy temple in the Lord, a dwelling place for God by the Spirit (Eph. 2:21-22).
And that’s the second thing Jesus prays for. He prays that I may be in. In union with the Triune God.
“. . . that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You have sent Me. The glory that You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one even as We are one, I in them and You in Me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that You sent Me and loved them even as You loved Me.
(John 17:21b-23 ESV)
My unity with my brothers and sisters in Christ comes not because I agree with them on all things, but because, just as they are, I am in the Father by the Son through the Spirit. To abide in God the Son is to abide with the God the Father. For God the Son to be in us is for God the Father to be in us through the Son. And this divine, supernatural dynamic all possible through the indwelling of God the Spirit. Jesus prayed that I may be in Them. Unreal!
And finally, the Savior prays that I may be with. With Him where He is.
“Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, may be with Me where I am, to see My glory that You have given Me because You loved Me before the foundation of the world.”
(John 17:24 ESV)
How often have we felt as Paul felt, that we’d “rather be absent from the body and present with the Lord” (2Cor. 5:8 KJV)? Well, it’s not only our desire, it’s Jesus’ desire to. I don’t often think of the omni-everything God, who holds all things together, having any desires Himself. Not in need of anything to bring Him pleasure. But while He does not need me to be with Him, He wants me to be with Him. He desires to be face-to-face as much as I do. Not that He might look upon me, but that I might know the fullness of the blessing of beholding Him and His glory.
Just prayed that I may be. Me too.
Oh, that I may be one . . . one with all who have been made one in Christ.
That I may be in . . . in the Father through the Son by the Spirit.
That I may be with . . . with the One who died for me, who is now preparing a place for me, and who desires Me to be where He is.
Like I said, I like being prayed for.
More of God’s grace. All for God’s glory.