Seven Things Jesus Prayed For Us : 1. That We Would Be Kept
Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me,… John 17: 11a
One time Jesus asked the disciples to go on ahead of him in a boat. While crossing the lake, the disciples got caught in a storm. They were being tossed about in the waves and the wind was pushing them back. Jesus had been praying and he saw them in distress. So he walked across the lake, right up to them and calmed the storm.
Jesus had ‘kept’ the disciples for three years. He had guarded them, watched over them, taught, protected, sheltered and provided for them. In John 17:12, He said, “I was keeping them in your name … I guarded them and not one of them perished…” As Jesus was preparing for His death, resurrection and return to the Father, he prayed on behalf of His disciples and for us ‘also, who believe through their word’ (v20).
The first thing he ask was, ‘Holy Father, keep them through your name’. Obviously, Jesus knew that there would be times we would face extreme tests, times when we would be tempted to fall away. He prayed, not that we would be taken out of this world, but that we would be kept from the ‘evil’ one (v15).
We are ‘kept’ by our Heavenly Father: he is guarding us, protecting us, sheltering us.