John 17:20-26 (The Message)
20 I'm praying not only for them But also for those who will believe in me
Because of them and their witness about me. 21 The goal is for all of them to
become one heart and mind-- Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you, So
they might be one heart and mind with us. Then the world might believe that
you, in fact, sent me. 22 The same glory you gave me, I gave them, So they'll
be as unified and together as we are-- 23 I in them and you in me. Then they'll
be mature in this oneness, And give the godless world evidence That you've sent
me and loved them In the same way you've loved me. 24 Father, I want those you
gave me To be with me, right where I am, So they can see my glory, the splendor
you gave me, Having loved me Long before there ever was a world. 25 Righteous
Father, the world has never known you, But I have known you, and these
disciples know That you sent me on this mission. 26 I have made your very being
known to them-- Who you are and what you do-- And continue to make it known,
So that your love for me Might be in them Exactly as I am in them.

These verses are one of the final prayers of Jesus. Jesus had started by
praying for himself, then for the disciples and finally here in these verses
Jesus is praying for all who will believe in Him. The greek word pisteuo,
"which shall believe", is in future tense and indicates the contemplated or
certain occurrence of an event which has not yet occurred. In other words, it's
the future looked at in the present.

Long before you were born, The Savior of the world prayed for those who would
come to believe in Him. If you are a Christian who has placed your faith in
Jesus then you are one of those Jesus prayed for. He asked that believers would
be in one heart and mind with Him and the Father. He asked they might mature,
carrying through to the end and give evidence to the existence of God and of
Himself. He wanted them to know they were loved by the Father just as Jesus
was loved by the Father. And most important He asked that the love of the
Father would fill them through Him who loves them and lives in them. So pray
for those who have not come to know Jesus. Pray they might come to know the
love of the Father and the Son. Thank Jesus for His love, His faithfulness,
and His caring devotion to intercede on our behalf. Remember how He cared to
pray for you so long ago.