Jesus Prayed for You

John 17:22–26

I have given them the glory you gave me—the glorious unity of being one, as we are—I in them and you in me, all being perfected into one—so that the world will know you sent me and will understand that you love them as much as you love me. Father, I want them with me—these you’ve given me—so that they can see my glory. You gave me the glory because you loved me before the world began!

“O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me. And I have revealed you to them and will keep on revealing you so that the mighty love you have for me may be in them, and I in them.”

Jesus asked that the Father’s love would be in believers and that he himself (Jesus) would be in them. This expresses the Father’s desire, and because it is his desire, he will make sure it is accomplished.

The Witness of Unity

Jesus’ great desire for his disciples was that they would become one. He wanted them unified as a powerful witness to the reality of God’s love. Christian unity provides an environment for the gospel message to make its clearest impact; lack of unity among Christians frequently drives people away. Are you helping to unify the body of Christ, the church? You can pray for other Christians, avoid gossip, build others up, work together in humility, give your time and money, exalt Christ, and refuse to get sidetracked arguing over divisive matters.

November 28

James C. Galvin

Published by Intentional Faith

Devoted to a Faith that Thinks

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