I simply love knowing that Jesus prayed for His apostles and for us as well. When He prayed on the night on which He was betrayed and arrested, He spoke of all who would come to faith in Him.
“My prayer is not for them alone. 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.”
(John 17:20-21, NIV)
This painting, Blessing Christ, by French Neoclassical artist Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780-1867), seems to capture that moment. With hands raised towards Heaven, Jesus focuses above. The unscarred hands indicate this painting showed Christ before He was crucified.
I am simply stunned to think that Jesus prayed for me and all fellow believers some 2,000 years ago. How cool is that?
Oh, how I need the Lord. Every day I need Him. Anyone else feel like singing?
by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
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