Did you know that Jesus lifted up a prayer on behalf of those who believe IN Him through the words of His disciples?
Check it out … pay close attention to what He prays for you and me and why He prays it in John 17:20-26 (NASB).
“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;”
“that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are IN Me and I IN You, that they also may be IN Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.”
Think about the oneness between the Father, the Son and the Spirit on display in Scripture … Jesus prayed that we share in the oneness with the Trinity and with one another. Why? So that the world would believe that the Son was sent by the Father to save the world. WOW! WOW! WOW!
“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I IN them and You IN Me, that they may be perfected in unity,”
Repetition is the best teacher … the glory which the Father gave Jesus, Jesus has given to you and me … that the body of Christ may be one just as the Trinity is one, that Jesus will indwell us and the Father will indwell Jesus. Why? That we may perfected in that oneness … that unity!
“so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.”
Once again … why? So that the world may know that the Father sent the Son to save the world … not condemn the world. And that the Father loves you and me even as the Father loved Jesus!
“Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.”
And the desire of Jesus is for you and me (we whom the Father has chosen and given Jesus) to be with Him where He is, so that we may see the glory that the Father has given the Son. Why? For the Father loved the Son before the very foundation of the world!
“O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me;and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be IN them, and I IN them.”
Jesus uses the word known five times in this sentence … five times. Why? So that the love of the Father for the Son may be IN you and me … and that Jesus will abide and indwell within you and me.
What an amazing prayer!