“I am not praying just for these followers. I am also praying for everyone else who will have faith because of what my followers will say about me.”
Here is where we watch Jesus weave an intercessory web of prayer for His followers. This is significant in three ways.
First, He bestows on intercessory prayer its breadth and width. What Jesus is doing is showing us the perimeters of prayer, revealing to us what it can do. The scope is pretty much everyone, in every generation, and nation. The last few months I’ve been praying for the Ukraine. I don’t know why, I have no contacts there. But I believe I have been recruited to pray. And it has been good for me to do this.
Secondly, Jesus displays His confidence that His message will work in the hearts of people. His followers will be ultimately effective with the Gospel. He is making spiritual provision for them, helping them, if you will, all the way down the corridors of time. Reaching each one, each believer.
What if you knew Jesus was praying for you? That you could hear Him in the next room, praying for you by name? That would be totally awesome! But He is praying, and has prayed for you. (That should pump you up!)
Thirdly, Jesus reveals His love. He is mere hours from a torturous death. He will be beaten severely, scorned and mocked. Yet Jesus is still “on-duty” as the Good Shepherd. He is thinking about us, and remembering our needs. You know, I’m not like Jesus at all. I think of myself, my needs, my situation all the time. But Jesus is teaching me to love, just like He does. He is teaching me JOY.