“I am not praying for these alone but also for the future believers who will come to me because of the testimony of these. My prayer for all of them is that they will be of one heart and mind, just as you and I are, Father—that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me.”
The pattern of Jesus’ prayer provides a helpful outline for us. He prayed for himself, for those close to him, and for those beyond his immediate sphere who would be affected by the ministry of his friends.
On His Mind
When Jesus prayed for all who would believe through the apostles’ testimony, he was praying for every future believer. In a sense, everyone who has become a Christian has done so through the apostles’ message because they wrote the New Testament and were the founders of the Christian church. Jesus prayed for you and others you know, that you would have unity (John 17:11), protection from Satan (John 17:15), and holiness (John 17:17). Realizing that Jesus was praying for you should give you great comfort during times of discouragement and confidence as you work for his Kingdom. Jesus had you in mind as he prepared for the cross.
James C. Galvin