“I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word.” (John 17:20)
Jesus prays for us. This cannot be taken lightly. He who is Lord of all intercedes on our behalf before the throne of God. He in whom and for whom all things were made remembers us to the Father. It is humbling – and should be life-shaping. It is hard to be slack in school if I have overheard my mother in the quiet of her room praying for me to succeed.
Jesus prays for us. And he prays for those who will put their hope and trust in him because of our testimony. He prays for all those to whom we will speak about the grace and love of God. He prays for all those to whom we will promise heaven’s mercy. He is not praying for our safety, success and happiness; he is praying for our fruitfulness.
Our safety and happiness matter to him, of course, but of what value are they if the world is not blessed through us? He does not send us to be cautious but bold; he does not send us to be tentative but courageous. Healing the world requires some daring.
Jesus is asking God “that the love with which you have loved me may be in them.” And love of God that was in Jesus was nothing if not daring.