“I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them.” John 17:6-10 (ESV)
It’s kind of a strange – but encouraging- thought that Jesus prays for us and intercedes for us. After all, Jesus taught us to pray to God the Father for all that we need. Then He prays for us that we would be one, as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit are one. Jesus is personal. He does not just observe us from a distance. He is with us and near us always no matter what we might think or feel about His presence.
Jesus knows first hand how difficult life in this world is. He knows that there is much division and infighting between believers and others in the world and that it is not always easy to be one of His own in this world.
Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10:34-39 (ESV)
We need Jesus’ prayers and intercession. Thankfully there is nothing we can do that He doesn’t anticipate. The hairs on our heads are numbered.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:16 (ESV)
Take comfort in this life that Jesus prays for us. The Holy Spirit intercedes for us. God the Father together with the Son and Spirit- God the Three in One- planned our existence and knew everything about us long before we ever drew a breath.