The disciples would be left behind in a hostile world when Jesus went back to heaven. It was all part of the plan. Instead of taking them with Him, Jesus deliberately put the disciples into ‘enemy territory’ so that they could tell the world about Him. Jesus could not pray that the Father would take them out of the world – they were there for His divine reason to continue the work of Jesus. As more people believed in Jesus, so the church would grow. However, Jesus was fully aware of the dangers and so prayed that Father God would protect them from the Evil One.
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