Also for them…

Did you know that you were prayed for?

Did you know that you’re continually being prayed for?

In the gospel of John – chapter 17, often called the priestly prayer of Jesus. He prayed for you, for me, for all who are currently a part of his church. For all those who will one day become a part.

Jesus prays for his disciples and us: John 17:6-26

Often in the gospel accounts we see Jesus interceding in prayer for his followers. Here we see him interceding again. He is not praying for bigger buildings, complete safety, no troubles, greater offerings, greater social status…or success as the world defines it.

The content of His prayer for His church covered things like:

  • Joy—v. 13
  • Holiness—vv. 14-17
  • Protection vv. 15-16
  • Truth—v. 17
  • Mission—vv. 18-19
  • Unity—vv. 20-23
  • Love—vv. 25-26

John 17:20-23

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

He prayed for us. He prayed for Unity. UNITY will be what puts the Love of Christ on display to a watching world! Unity to oneness in Christ – unity to be FOR one another in a world that is often so broken, fractured, and experiences disunity and divisiveness at every turn.

We’re to have unity – focused around the ONE and ONLY Jesus.

We’re to be united around Jesus in togetherness, but that doesn’t mean sameness. We’re each uniquely created, wired and gifted. Unity doesn’t mean uniformity. It means we ALL rally around ONE. Jesus alone.

The beauty of his prayer is profound. It’s also another indicator of his heart and it’s FOR you. It continues to be. You see, Jesus continues to pray for you. Today.

Romans 8:34

Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

Jesus continues to pray for you and for me.

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