If there’s one thing I see in this passage, it’s the tender care that Jesus has for us as he prays for us.
And he does pray for us.
So often we pray for others. But Jesus, as our high priest, prays for us. And one thing he prays for is our protection.
Yes, I know Jesus in this passage was specifically praying for his disciples, but I do believe that he prays the same for us even now. Because just as Jesus sent his disciples out into a hostile world, he sends us out. And just as his disciples faced spiritual opposition, so do we.
So Jesus prayed (and prays),
Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name–the name you gave me…I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. (11, 14-15)
There may be times you face spiritual attack. There may be times when people hate you because of the gospel. There may be times you will be persecuted. But because Jesus is praying for us, the Father puts definite limits on what Satan can do to us, and we will never be given more than we can bear.
So whatever you are going through, no matter how hard it is, stand firm. Stand in hope that God is still with you. And stand in the knowledge that you will come through whatever you’re going through in victory. Because Jesus is praying for you.