"I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those You have given Me, for they are Yours. All I have is Yours, and all You have is Mine. And glory has come to Me through them. I will remain in the world no longer but they are still in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, protect them by the power of Your name, the name You gave Me, so that they may be one as we are one." John 17:9-11    

 Jesus prays as One who is equal to the Father. He prays for the disciples who are jointly owned by Him and the Father, Jesus says that He does not pray for the world. Jesus is not saying that He does not care about the unbelieving world. He does care deeply and He prays for unbelievers on other occasions. Here He especially prays for those who have become children of the Father through faith in Him and heirs of God, privileged to enjoy His spiritual blessings.  

  Jesus again expresses the mutual ownership which He and the Father have. He also mentions that He is glorified in the hearts of His disciples. This glory comes as they come to realize that Jesus came from the Father as His anointed One.     

Jesus draws attention to the fact that He will soon leave His disciples and will no longer be visibly present with them to protect them as before. He prays that the Father will protect them against all evil by the power of His name.The disciples will need protection so they do not lose their believing connection with God's word. Jesus asks for this divine protection so that His disciples may reflect in their lives the unity which exists among the members of the Godhead.      

Christian friends, The important thing is that you follow the Savior's model and begin a ministry of intercessory prayer.  

As we attempt to live like Christ

In actions, words, and deed,

We'll follow His design for prayer

And pray for others needs.  

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - You can expect God's intervention when you have spent time in intercession.