Jesus Talked to God on Your Behalf
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:20-21, NIV)
We hear the expression all the time, “It’s not what you know that matters most, but who you know that counts.” As a consultant and executive coach, I have spent years building mutually beneficial relationships–a network of dependable and reliable contacts I can turn to whenever I need help. I have taught the “art of networking” to thousands of clients in workshops and one-on-one sessions. I stressed the importance of likability and connection.
Reading this verse, I was knocked off my feet. Talk about being connected! Every Christian should be amazed by the fact that Jesus prayed to His Father for us. Literally hours before He was seized, tortured and crucified on the cross, Jesus put aside all thoughts of what He was about to endure and showed His love for us – the disciples and all the future saints, “for those who will believe in me.”
The depth of Jesus love for me is staggering and hard to comprehend. He took the time to pray for my soul 2,000 years before I was born! Every time I read this verse I have peace in my heart knowing that God’s Word tells us that He hears the prayers of His Son. As Christians, through Jesus, we are one with God. Jesus prayed and God has answered the prayers of His Son.
The next time you find yourself struggling to believe in the power of prayer, this verse should comfort you and encourage you. Thank Jesus today for His prayers. Thank Him for the fruitfulness of His prayers. Thank Him for the gifts of salvation and grace.
Child of God, ask the Holy Spirit to tell you who you should be praying for at work or at home. Trust God to listen to your prayers. Afterwards, be at peace with the faith that your selfless prayers will be answered!
Lord, I give thanks that your Son Jesus showed His love for me by praying for me. Jesus your fervent prayer has been answered. Teach me to pray for others. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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