Jesus prays in John 17 that we might all be one; that is, united in mission with him. As we eavesdrop on Jesus, we get a better sense of his nature and purpose. We also learn something about his will for us, too. We all believe that Jesus listens to our prayers. Ought not we also listen to his prayers? I’ve often said that when we sing “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” we better hope that Jesus sings back “What a Friend I Have in You”! So, yes, it’s necessary to listen to Jesus pray.
Prayer, specifically Christian prayer, arises from the character of God in Christ. The church may be thought of as a kind of school for prayer. Jesus is constantly teaching us the practices of intimacy with God; an intimacy that reflects some of the Son’s intimacy with God. It’s been said many times before…God wants our availability and not just our ability. God wants all of us. How sweet!
When Jesus takes his leave from the disciples after John 17, he doesn’t just say goodbye and forgets about us. Oh no. He prays for us and never stops talking to God about us. In other words, Jesus’ prayer for us has been, is being, and will be answered. In order for unity to be completed at any level of Christian enterprise, we need help! Thus Jesus prays for us.
In His Name,