It is one of the greatest things for a follower, a believer of Jesus Christ to know. To know that He has prayed for us, and knowing who He is means that His prayers are answered.
“I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which Thou hast given Me; for they are Thine. And all Mine are Thine, and Thine are mine; and I am glorified in them” John 17:9-10 (KJV).
There!!! Jesus said it; “I pray for them”, and He was more than sincere, that was His heart. There are those who would and will say, “Well! He is only praying for His disciples”. Yes! Aren’t you His disciple? I am. He prayed for me. He prayed for you, because you and I were in His thoughts when He spoke this prayer to the Father.
He was not praying for the “World”. He was praying for all those whom the Father had given Him. Jesus had said, “No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him…” (John 6:44a). In this way the Father has given the early disciples; for whom Jesus was praying; and us, the later ones as well. It is a wonderful heritage which we have in prayer. To know and believe that we were given to Jesus by the Father; that Jesus has prayed for us, and still continues to intercede for us; is a wonderful, peace giving, Spirit powerful, and awesome privilege. It is also more than privilege; it is a “Right” given to us by Jesus, “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power [the Right] to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” John 1:12.
Because of Jesus, His praying for us, and His atoning work on the cross we glorify Him. That is what He prayed for and that is what He receives.
Be thankful today for this wonderful blessing.
-Tim A. Blankenship