“Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:1-3 NKJV emphasis added)
Jesus prayed to the Father that we may have eternal life. This eternal life is not a future event. It is a present day experience that He longs for us to encounter daily – to know Him.