May they all be one, as You, Father are in Me and I am in You. May they also be one in Us, so the world may believe You sent Me. (John 17:21 HCSB)
One of the great blessings we receive as Christians is when other brothers or sisters lift us up in prayer. This is a great comfort to me when I face the many trials and tribulations of my earthly existence. However, I am awed when I study the Bible and realize that my Savior, Jesus Christ, prayed for me.
Yesterday, I briefly discussed how the prayer we call the Lord’s prayer should actually be called the Model Prayer as it was a model given by Jesus to His disciples. The Lord’s prayer (a prayer by Jesus) is found in John 17. This incredible prayer includes three amazing parts. The first part concerns Jesus, the second part concerns His current disciples, and the third part concerns YOU and ME!!
In verse 20, we are identified with the words, “those who believe in Me through their (disciples) message.” Incredible! What is also incredible is what He first prays for each of us….UNITY. The “they” in verse 21 referenced above is us. Jesus prays that we are united as one, just as He is one with the Father in unity. Unity is so important that Jesus mentions that we should be “one” four times in 3 verses and the final reference is “completely one”. As you read more of this passage, you find that Jesus wants unity among His believers as a testimony to God sending Jesus and loving each of us. Clearly, unity among followers of Jesus Christ is important.
Personal Application: Read John 17:20-26 and examine Jesus’ prayer for you just before He died on the cross for you. Reflect on the fact that some of His final words asked for unity among His believers. Are you united with other Christians?
Home Application: Discuss this prayer with the members of your family. Talk with them about how important unity was to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Discuss how we can become unified with others to witness to the world.
Today’s devo written by Mike Stevens