“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word.”-John 17:20
Jesus prayed for you and me. Isn’t that remarkable? If you have put your faith in Christ, you are one of those who “believe through their word.” Imagine how different the world would be if Jesus had not commissioned those 11 men to continue proclaiming the message of the kingdom of God. Imagine if his prayers had no real effect. Imagine if his disciples figured, “Well he’s gone, now I can go back to my old life.” Our world would be radically different. But Jesus did pray that we would believe his message in this place and time and it was passed along by those very first hearers of the gospel. He prayed that his message would get inside of us and that we continue to proclaim his message of grace.
Jesus, I take it for granted that you pray for me. I am one of those you prayed for 2000 years ago and you still pray for me now. Help me to live in that reality with joy and gladness. Amen.