If you’ve ever prayed for someone you love deeply, you know that there is a great sense of urgency and intercession in such a prayer. More often than not, such a prayer will lead you to your knees, arms wide open and a heart full of tears. Because love is precious and and it deserves to be protected and preserved with a prayer like that.
In his ministry Jesus preached the word, he told us of the love of the Father, He gave us the things required for us to live a life of abundance, of Grace and one as sons of God, but if all the things he has said, his prayer for us in John 17 has to be one of the greatest words ever spoken.
Its not because of what he said, but because its the telling of his heart. Here He was well aware of what was coming , and yet in the position that He was He thought of us. Not of himself, but of the reason he had come and the reason He had to pass through hell.
He thought of us not as followers or disciples but as a mother thinks of her children, a spouse thinks of his spouse, as a sister think of her brother.
Herein he captured the heartbreak and the joy of being able to love, and in that garden of gethsemane, Christ fell to his knees and pleaded for the one thing he considered the most important aspect of himself : Us
1 Jesus said these things, and lifting up his eyes to heaven, he said, “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may also glorify you;
2 even as you gave him authority over all flesh, he will give eternal life to all whom you have given him.
3 This is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and him whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
4 I glorified you on the earth. I have accomplished the work which you have given me to do.
5 Now, Father, glorify me with your own self with the glory which I had with you before the world existed.
6 I revealed your name to the people whom you have given me out of the world. They were yours, and you have given them to me. They have kept your word.
7 Now they have known that all things whatever you have given me are from you,
8 for the words which you have given me I have given to them, and they received them, and knew for sure that I came from you, and they have believed that you sent me.
9 I pray for them. I don’t pray for the world, but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.
10 All things that are mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them.
11 I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them through your name which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are.
12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in your name. Those whom you have given me I have kept. None of them is lost, except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
13 But now I come to you, and I say these things in the world, that they may have my joy made full in themselves.
14 I have given them your word. The world hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
15 I pray not that you would take them from the world, but that you would keep them from the evil one.
16 They are not of the world even as I am not of the world.
17 Sanctify them in your truth. Your word is truth.
18 As you sent me into the world, even so I have sent them into the world.
19 For their sakes I sanctify myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.
20 Not for these only do I pray, but for those also who believe in me through their word,
21 that they may all be one; even 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 The glory which you have given me, I have given to them; that they may be one, even as we are one;
23 I in them, and you in me, that they may be perfected into one; that the world may know that you sent me, and loved them, even as you loved me.
24 Father, I desire that they also whom you have given me be with me where I am, that they may see my glory, which you have given me, for you loved me before the foundation of the world.
25 Righteous Father, the world hasn’t known you, but I knew you; and these knew that you sent me.
26 I made known to them your name, and will make it known; that the love with which you loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
There hasn’t been a single time, I’ve read this and not had tears streaming.
There is nothing more precious, more significant, more moving than the Saviour of the world falling praying for his people, calling out to God asking him to keep us and love us.