John 17:25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
John 17:26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
As I sat in church this morning trying to listen, I missed the whole reference for where we were supposed to be in John 17, so I went searching for it. These verses really caught my attention while I was looking. They are touchingly beautiful! To put them in context, Christ is in the Garden of Gethsemene praying for his disciples. He prays passionately about how He taught them the things of God, how the World will hate them, and about His desire that they should remain faithful to the Father. As the prayer goes on He includes even more people:
John 17:20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
Believers who heard the gospel through the eleven faithful disciples (soon to be twelve again) are included in this verse. I think that while this passage is talking about the twelve and Israel it is a beautiful example of how we should be praying for other believers in this present dispensation of Grace. I think we should be praying for our fellow saints to be strong in the truth of God, that they would be faithful, and be strong in spite of persecution they may receive. Lastly, Christ leaves them with how the love of God flows through Him and, ultimately, through everyone who believes on Him. I am praying that the love of God will flow through you today