Have you ever told someone you’d pray for them, but forgot about it later? Have you ever asked someone to pray for you, but wonder if they actually do?
As I was reading in John this week, I came across an amazing passage; one that made me realize how much we mean to God.
In John 17:20-23, we get to read one of Jesus’ personal prayers.
What made me stop in my tracks was who He prayed for. You and me.
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 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. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—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.”
Sometimes, we feel like we fail. We feel worthless and empty. Jesus gets it. He knows it’s hard. He knows that, because we believe and trust in Him, people will sometimes hurt and laugh at us.
His prayer was that we’d become one with God. His prayer was that the world would know how much He loves us.
This week, let’s remember what Jesus did.