Day 38 - Jesus Prays For You

Video Host: Darin Poe - Student Discipleship Director

Big Scripture: John 17:2026 (NLT)

20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. 22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 

23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. 24 Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began! 

25 “O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me. 26 I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.” 

 

Big Idea:

Verse 20 contains an amazing insight: As Jesus knew He was heading to the cross, He was praying for you. If you are a Christian then according to that same verse, three things are true of you. You are a disciple. You believe in Jesus. And your belief came from hearing the message of the gospel. The journey of every Christian includes those three things. Let’s take a closer look at them. 

  1. Being a disciple means you aren’t just a fan of Jesus, you are a follower of Jesus. Disciples are fully committed to knowing and understanding the ways of Jesus. Disciples also make disciples, which means they share their lives with others to help them grow. The main thing Jesus prays for in this text is unitythat His disciples would love each other. One of the signs of our unity is that we are disciples making disciples.

  2. Believing in Jesus is so much more than just believing with your head. Believing in Jesus is a miracle that happens in your heart. God’s grace and His Spirit transfer our hearts from the darkness to light so that we can see His truth and receive Jesus as our Savior and our Lord. He must be both to us and we must believe in Him with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength!

  3. The only way to place saving faith in Jesus is to hear the message of who Jesus is and what He has done. We should look for ways to demonstrate and declare the gospel in every area of our lives. This means we should live in a way that helps people see the goodness of God. We should also be ready for every opportunity to share the reason that we have such great hope: We will see and be with Jesus some day!

Big Questions:

  • What is something you hope Jesus is praying for you today? 

  • What is the difference between a fan and a follower? 

  • What was the main thing Jesus prayed for in this text? How does that make you feel?

  • What should unity look like in the church and with other disciples? 

 

Big Prayer: 

God,
Thank You that I have heard the message of the gospel. Thank You that someone took the time to teach me about who Jesus is and what He has done for me. Holy Spirit, thank You for waking up my heart to my need for Jesus and thank You for revealing Jesus to my heart so I could place my hope and trust in Him. Help me to follow Jesus in every area of my life and to help others do the same. In Jesus’ name, Amen.