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Jesus' Prayer For You
by Wayne Blank
"He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him"
Jesus had just finished a prayer for the apostles; He then continued with a prayer for you, if you are someone who truly seeks to obey God (the "Him" in "He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him" is God). Notice that the Son of God prayed to God, not to Himself.
"I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in Me through their word, that they may all be one; even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me." (John 17:20-21 RSV)
The unity that Jesus prayed for there was based upon obedience to God, just as Jesus Himself obeyed God; Christ had a Savior too, The Father, "Who was able to save Him from death" after His crucifixion because Jesus obeyed God. Jesus' prayer was that you would seek to obey God as He did, by His own example, so that you may have eternal life too.
"The glory which Thou hast given Me I have given to them, that they may be one even as We are one, I in them and Thou in Me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me and hast loved them even as Thou hast loved Me." (John 17:22-23 RSV)
Christ prayed that you may be with Him, not merely His location, but with Him spiritually, by means of the Holy Spirit, to be literally "at one" with God.
"Father, I desire that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, may be with Me where I am, to behold My glory which Thou hast given Me in Thy love for Me before the foundation of the world." (John 17:24 RSV)
By means of Christ, you can know God as Christ Himself knows God. The "world," which included Christ's own fellow Jews in that time, did not know that God is a Father; they accused Him of blasphemy for saying it i.e. "The Jews answered Him, "It is not for a good work that we stone You but for blasphemy; because You, being a man, make Yourself God." (John 10:33 RSV)
"O righteous Father, the world has not known Thee, but I have known Thee; and these know that Thou hast sent Me. I made known to them Thy Name, and I will make it known, that the love with which Thou hast loved Me may be in them, and I in them." (John 17:25-26 RSV)
Fact Finder: If you obey God as Christ did, what is going to happen to you on the day of Christ's return?