Friday, June 16, 2006

pray tell: who did Jesus pray for?

For individual followers, with specific requests for spiritual concerns in their lives
"I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers." (Luke 22:32 TNIV)
For groups of disciples who made practical, vital requests of him
"One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, 'Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.' He said to them ..." (Luke 11:1-2a TNIV)

For all of his disciples of all time everywhere
"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message . . ." (John 17:20 TNIV)
For people who did not believe in him, who hated him and killed him
"Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’" (Luke 23:34 TNIV)
Question: who do you pray for?