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Jesus Prayed For Us

Jesus Prayed For Us

23 December 2009

Scripture:

20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.” (John 17:20-21 NLT)

Jesus prayed for me. Jesus prayed for you. He prayed that night for the disciples who had followed him and learned from him over the past few years. But he also prayed for “all who will ever believe in me through their message.” Jesus prayed for us!

Jesus prayed that the Father would not take us out of the world but keep us and care for us and keep us safe from the evil one. Jesus prayed that the Father would make us pure and holy by teaching us his words of truth. Jesus prayed that you and I would be part of a unified body of Christ-followers just as he and his Father were in perfect unity.

Here, Jesus asks the Father to make us one. Later, in his letters to churches, Paul exhorts us to be unified and to live in harmony with each other. So there’s God’s part of bringing about unity and there’s our part of bringing about unity. I believe God is doing his part. How do you think we’re doing with our part of the unity equation?

Prayer:

Father, I purpose to contribute my part of the unity equation. I purpose to show respect for my fellow believers, to bless and not criticize, to pray for them rather than talk about them. Jesus prayed for unity among us all. I know you’re doing your part to answer Jesus’ prayer. Please help me to do my part. Amen.

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