Have you ever wondered why Jesus, the Son of God, prayed for His disciples? It seems strange that Jesus, who is fully God, would need to pray to His Father for anything. However, there are several reasons why Jesus prayed for His disciples, and these reasons provide insight into the nature of our relationship with God.
Jesus Prayed for His Disciples’ Protection
One reason why Jesus prayed for His disciples was to ask for their protection. In John 17:15, Jesus prays to the Father, “I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the evil one.”
Here we see that Jesus is concerned about his disciples’ safety and well-being. He knew that they would face many challenges and temptations in the world and so He prayed for their protection.
Jesus Prayed for His Disciples’ Unity
Another reason why Jesus prayed for His disciples was to ask for their unity. In John 17:21-23, Jesus says, “that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you…that they may become perfectly one.”
Here we see that Jesus desired that his disciples would be united in their faith and love for each other. This unity was essential because it would demonstrate to the world that they were followers of Christ.
Jesus Prayed for His Disciples’ Sanctification
Finally, Jesus prayed for his disciples’ sanctification. In John 17:17-19, he prays,”Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth…For their sake I consecrate myself.”
Here we see that Jesus desired that his disciples would be set apart from the world and dedicated to God’s purposes. He knew that this could only happen through their obedience to God’s Word and through the power of the Holy Spirit.
In conclusion, Jesus prayed for his disciples because He loved them and wanted to see them grow in their faith and relationship with God. His prayers demonstrate his concern for their safety, unity, and sanctification.
As we follow Christ today, we can take comfort in knowing that He is praying for us as well. We can trust in His love and care for us, even in the midst of difficult circumstances.