(Devotions this week based on Sunday’s Message: Pray Like Jesus! Pray for Special Distinction! – CLICK HERE)
Jesus was thinking of you!
Studying and preaching through the prayer of Jesus in John 17 has provided personal growth and interesting insights into one of Jesus’ last prayers to his Father in heaven. When time is short and life is nearing an end, words are carefully chosen and thoughts clearly expressed so those that hear them understand without question what is being said and its meaning.
Jesus wants you to know he loves you.
When I consider my prayer life, I have to confess a lot of my prayer content is for personal benefits. Grant health, give success, watch over my family, etc. Sure I pray for other people and situations, but my natural default probably is to pray for things of personal concern.
Jesus does pray for himself, but over half of his prayer is for his disciples…and for you.
Jesus prays for you because he loves you.
Even with his crucifixion less than 24 hours away, he prays for you and all who will believe the message he gave to his disciples to share.
Here is what he prays:
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 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. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 23 I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
He prays for oneness.
Oneness is not just being in the same space or doing the same thing. Oneness is an internal condition. We use the phrase “one in spirit.” While this maybe is helpful, it still is lacking. Jesus defines the oneness he wants believers to experience to parallel the oneness he and the Father experience. The persons of the Trinity are one in being. They share the same values. They share the same understanding. They share the same message. They share the same purpose.
He prays that we be one with him and his Father and with each other.
Oneness with our fellow believers can only be formed when our hearts are at one with the Father. Our hearts can only be at one with the Father with faith in Jesus as Savior. This internal change worked by God’s Spirit is the place from which oneness with other believers stems.
Without oneness with God we cannot enjoy oneness with others.
Apply: What does oneness with God mean for you?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for thinking of me in your prayer. I ask that you always keep me close to you and as I grow closer to you, to grow closer to others. AMEN.