Prayer is a vital lifestyle for a growing Christian. Through prayer, we communicate with God, ask for our needs to be fulfilled, express praise and thanksgiving, seek forgiveness, and even groan for things that words cannot express. Prayer is like breathing air. Just as breathing is necessary for sustaining physical life, prayer is essential for sustaining spiritual life.
Jesus exemplified for us a devoted prayer life during His ministry on earth. But have you ever considered the idea of Jesus interceding for us until now? It may not be something that we often think about, but knowing that Jesus prays for us is a comforting and encouraging thought and should serve to inspire us in our journey of faith.
Does Jesus Pray For Us?
The Bible tells us that Jesus always intercedes for us, providing support and help for those who believe in Him. Romans 8:34 says, “Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” In Hebrews 7:25, it is written, “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him because he always lives to intercede for them.”
Jesus died for us, and He is our high priest who always endeavors to meet our needs—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens, and who always lives to intercede for us.
What Does Jesus Pray For Us?
In the book of John, we are given a glimpse into Jesus’ prayer life and what He prays for on behalf of His disciples and all believers who come after them. This prayer is known as the “High Priestly Prayer” or the “Farewell Prayer,” where Jesus Christ asks God for our protection, unity, and sanctification.
Jesus knows that we will face challenges and temptations in this world. He prays for God’s protection over us, as stated in John 17:15. He doesn’t ask that we be removed from the world, but rather that we be shielded from the evil one.
In John 17:21, Jesus asked God for unity among believers. He asks that we be one, just as he and the Father are one, so that the world may believe that God sent him. Jesus Christ understands the importance of unity and how it serves as a witness to those around us.
Jesus asked God for our sanctification in John 17:17. He asks that we be set apart for God’s purposes and that we grow in our understanding and application of God’s truth. Jesus recognizes the importance of holiness in our lives and prays that we continuously strive toward it.
In Luke 22:31–32, Jesus prayed for Simon Peter that his faith would be strengthened. Jesus knew our weaknesses and potential failures. He even knows the schemes and plans of the enemy. Jesus knows, with full certainty, what to pray for to help us in times of adversity and challenges.
Why Does It Matter So Much That Jesus Prays For Us?
Knowing the truth that Jesus himself prays for us will bring us great comfort, hope, and assurance. Hebrews 7:25 says, “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him because he always lives to intercede for them.” Jesus’ intercession on our behalf is a powerful reminder that He is always with us as we draw near to God.
Jesus knows how to sympathize with our weaknesses and is able to forgive our sins (Hebrews 4:15). We have the support and strength that come from Him, as well as the confidence that, as He intercedes for us, we will find grace, mercy, and strength in His presence forever.
Jesus, the Son of God, seated at the right hand of the Father, prays on behalf of all believers in the form of an eternal intercession. He reigns as Lord. His prayers are all-powerful and effective. James 5:16 tells us, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” His words perform signs, wonders, and miracles.
Things Jesus Prays For Us To Do Or Be
Jesus, before ascending to heaven, gave us the great commission to spread the good news and make disciples. To do this, He specifically prayed for us to:
- Love one another. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34).
- To be sanctified by the truth. “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17).
- To be united with one another and with God. “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (John 17:20–21).
- To be filled with joy. “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete” (John 15:11).
- To bear much fruit. “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name, the Father will give you” (John 15:16).
- To be faithful. “I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22:32).
- To have eternal life. “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 17:3).
Jesus Christ is our constant advocate, intercessor, and high priest who knows everything that we need. We can rest assured that He always prays for our protection, unity, and sanctification. Even our faith is strengthened as we fight against the temptations of sin, the enemy, and the world. He prayed for us to be filled with love, joy, and His knowledge so that we might bear fruit in spirit that will last for eternity and share it with others.
The Bible tells us that whatever we ask in the name of Jesus, the Holy Father will give us, giving glory to His name. May we find comfort, assurance, and joy as Jesus eternally intercedes for us all.