"I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; "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." - Jesus, John 17:20-21 NKJV
Every time I read Jesus' prayer for His disciples and for the rest of the believers, both present and future to Jesus, I get a renewed sense of God's love for me. Jesus prayed for me. Jesus prayed for you. Yes, we know that Jesus is at the right hand of God right now intereceding for us in prayer, but there is nothing like seeing Jesus' actual words in black and white (or red, depending on what type of Bible you have) to show how much He cares.
Christian, can you see where Jesus prayed for you? He prays for all those who WILL believe through the words of Jesus' disciples. Jesus prays for a number of things for us in this entire chapter of John 17, among them protection from satan, unbelievers, and for our own purity in this world we live in. All of these prayers undergird one basic wish: that everyone might know that Jesus was sent by God into this world.
Throughout the pages of God's written word, we find a similar theme. In all of the plagues miracles and prophetic words, God merely wants His creation to know that He is God. In Jesus' prayer in the above passage, I can sense His deep desire, birthed out of compassion for us, that we just believe in Him. Oh that we would and that we would all be able to see the riches God has in store for us!
God has so much in store for us in this life and in the life to come, but we can't know it nor can we have access to these riches of good character, blessings from service and rewards in eternal life, if don't take the time to be with God and get to know Him through His word. How can we know Him without studying what He says if His ways and thoughts are not our thoughts. There is no other option. How will you get to know God better today so that you can make Him known to others?
Dear Heavenly Father, I am awestruck by your love for me and amazed that no matter how many times I have read Jesus' prayer for me, I never cease to be deeply touched by it. Show me more of yourself each time that I open my bible so that I can share You with others from the overflow of You in my life. Put me in touch today with people who need a fresh dose of Your love in their life and allow me to share a Word with them from You. Amen.