September 11, 2017
He Prays for Thine
John 17:9-10 (KJB) I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
Perhaps this verse sounds like a complicated “Spiritual Tongue Twister.” One which you must read over a few times to get the gist and context otherwise, it may make your head spin in circles!
Jesus Christ is beautifully speaking about praying for those who are His spiritual family. In the immediate context, He is referring to praying for His disciples. However, this is not a one-time prayer lifted up exclusively for the “Original Twelve,” but includes a continual prayer for all His disciples. This includes you and me and all persons who have chosen to be included in His spiritual family through faith.
An important phrase to take stock of in the middle of this verse is: “I pray not for the world…” That short sentence is succinct, but spiritually crisp and clear. Jesus Christ does not offer prayer to God on behalf of any lost and unregenerate hearted people.
Yes, Jesus Christ offers intercessory prayer to His Father on behalf of regenerate children of God. This verse includes prayers offered in the past tense to God concerning His disciples, present tense for prayer concerning us today, and future tense for any servant of God to come in this world.