What an amazing truth that Jesus prayed for us before we were even born!
Hearing Jesus petition his Father for restoration of the deep love they shared before the creation of the world allows us to hear about a love far beyond our comprehension. And Jesus doesn’t just tell us of his love, he demonstrates it.
When Jesus saw the crowd following him, he had compassion on them and healed their sick (Matt 14:14). When Jesus saw Mary weeping, he wept. The Jews said, “See how he loved him!”(John 11:35, 36). “Jesus looked at him [the rich young man] and loved him” (Mark 10:21). And the final display of compassion was his love payment for our sin at Golgotha.
Do you begin to feel a new depth in Jesus’s love for you as you realize that when he prayed before he went to the cross, he was already praying that we would know how deeply his Father loves us (John 17:23). Further in his high priestly prayer, Jesus wanted God’s love to be in his followers, “that the love you have for me may be in them” (v 26).
So when we are in need of being loved and valued, listen to how he prayed for us because the Father loved us from eternity past. Jesus prayed we’ll know that love God has for us. If we feel unloved and deserted, let’s be comforted as we hear Jesus pray for us from a heart full of an eternal love.
If you want to feel Jesus’ love flood your heart, please read John 17. Jesus’ words will change your life!