My wife Keri and I have begun a beautiful thing and it has done wonders for our marriage and our spirits. We pray for each other. But we don’t do it alone. Now each night we lie in bed and wrap our arms around each other and take turns talking to God. We also make sure to openly pray for one another. The satisfaction that washes over me when I hear my wife talk about me to God is overwhelming. She’s prays for my safety. I pray for her strength. Se thanks God for my example. I thank him for her love. It is one of the most romantic and rewarding parts of our day.
When I fondly think of the joy I feel when I pray with Keri, I’m reminded of the time Jesus prayed for me. Did you know that our Lord and Savior prayed for us? In John chapter 16, we find Jesus teaching his disciples and then in chapter 17 he begins to pray. He prays for himself, requesting a restoration to his former glory in heaven. Next, he prays for his disciples, for their protection and sanctification. And finally, he prays for all believers present and future. Jesus says, “I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I want those you have given me to be where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them” (John 17: 20-26).
It’s so encouraging to know that Jesus served, even in his prayer life. He prayed for our unity just as he is united with God. He also asked God to save us a place alongside Christ in heaven. Jesus loves us and he wants to spend eternity with those he abides within. I am utterly humbled when I picture Jesus, the very Word in the flesh, kneeling down, raising his eyes to heaven and pleading to God on my behalf. Through his example, I’m reminded of what a loving Lord I serve.
Thank you Jesus for caring enough to pray for me and my soul!