Hanli continues to look at the High Priestly Prayer of the Lord Jesus in John 17:6-19 this Sunday. The Lord here prays not for the world in general, but specifically for the people of God. In his prayer, we see that God's people ultimately have their origin from the divine sovereignty of God in choosing them out of the world. It is ultimately to this chosen people that Jesus reveals God in his fullness, and they in turn, all respond by receiving Christ and believing in him. This is the key evidence that we are part of God's people - have you come to this total commitment and trust in Christ?
The Lord also prays specifically that this people would be protected and preserved by the Father. This protection refers to their spiritual preservation, that their faith would be guarded even as they remain in the hostile world. This is especially encouraging to believers in light of the mission of Christ. Just as he was sent into the world from the Father, so he also sends his people into the world on the same mission - to bring salvation to those who are lost. Is the mission of Christ the central focus of your life? May the Lord make this true of his people!