Jesus Prays for All Believers

“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. 26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” — John 17:20-26.

Jesus prays for those who will come to know Him through His disciples and their witness. We are included in this prayer! He prays for them that they will be one in Him, with one another, and with those already being saved. They, too, are to be a testimony to Jesus and His love to a lost world.

“Becoming one with the Father and the Son is accomplished through a number of factors, but none is more important for us right now than beginning to live as they live in preparation for being with them. No other way of life is acceptable to them, because no other way of life is in harmony with the way that they live.” [John W. Ritenbaugh, Knowing God.]

“On the authority of Jesus Christ, the same Jesus who has been with God forever, we know the Father loves us as much as He loves Jesus—no more, no less. If we consider how much He must love Christ eternally working together in perfect harmony, that is exactly how much He loves us. The true depth of that love is definitely beyond our comprehension. It takes faith to believe this simple statement of fact.” [Pat Higgins, Faith to Face Our Trials.]

Jesus desires that His disciples may be with Him and behold His glory given Him by the Father because the Father has always loved Him. The world has not known the Father, but Jesus has revealed Him to the world. His immediate disciples accepted Jesus as having been sent by the Father. Jesus will continue to declare the Father’s name so that the same love with which the Father loved Jesus may be in all His disciples and thereby Jesus in them. Jesus wants all to be filled with His love and presence while living in unity for Him on earth.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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