Jesus gives an A++ prayer for future believers in this section of John. In it, Jesus prays for all who would follow Him. He prays for unity, protection from the evil one, and sanctity. Doesn’t this give you a sense of confidence as we work for His kingdom? I once heard it said that if we could hear Jesus praying for us in the next room, we would never fear anything ever again. 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. Jesus prayed for unity among believers based on the believers’ unity with Him and the Father. Christians can know unity among themselves if they are living in union with God. Unity does not require sameness. We can still have our diversity in other ways outside of our love for Jesus and for each other.
Questions for further thought:
1. In what ways are you helping to unify the body of Christ in the church?
2. If you’re having trouble answering question #1, take a quick inventory of your unity meter. How could you change your approach to pursuing unity with other brothers and sisters in Christ?
Ask God to show you who you might be struggling to live in unity with and how you might be able to improve the relationship.
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