Have you imagined how tender that great prayer of Jesus for His disciples have been? Can you imagine Jesus Himself praying for you? What a great privilege those men had. However, there is good news, and is that Jesus also prayed for us in that pleasant moment. I believe that our greatest privilege is that Christ is our Owner and that He in His eternal mercy has chosen us. Glory to God for this!
9 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.
11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
John 17:9-13 (KJV)
In the previous verses we realize that Jesus prays such a prayer because His death was near. He knew that the hour, the great moment of pain was approaching, and the last thing He does is entrust the Father to those whom He has given them.