“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me because of their testimony. My prayer for all of them is that they will be one, just as you and I are one, Father- that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me.” 18:20-21
I love that Jesus had us on his mind that night. Isn’t that beautiful? This paragraph does a couple things for me:
It reminds me to widen my scope of prayer. Jesus prays for his friends and family, and the ministries that they’re a part of. But then be specifically prayers for future Christians, missionaries, churches and pastors. I want to do this as well! Pray not only for my church, but for what it will be like in the great future.
It emphasizes and urges unity amongst fellow believers. We need to do this too. After his life on earth, out of all the things Jesus could’ve asked for, he prays for unity, protection from the evil one and holiness for future believers. These are all intertwined. Satan wants to divide and distract us and when we allow it, our holiness is compromised.
Is there someone you have had a falling out with? Have you done everything in your power to make peace with them, as Romans 12:18 commands?
Let’s approach our interactions with Christians, online, in person, in church, outside the church, with these verses in mind.