Jesus said a prayer for you!
It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
The word of God is life. Isaiah proclaims it accomplishes the Father's will and prospers everywhere it is sent. I am in awe of this passage. Meditating on the greatness and power of God the Father my heart is overwhelmed and encouraged.
Jesus prayed for us before he ascended into heaven. Did you know what he spoke is still alive and active today?
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Hebrews 4:12
His words never end. They are timeless as they touch each person the Father created in His image. God spoke the world into existence and it continues to thrive empowered by His very breath.
For when he spoke, the world began! It appeared at his command.
John 17 proclaims the power of words spoken by the Father and His son. There is one part in the prayer of Jesus which brings me to tears and challenges me beyond my own strength.
“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 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
Jesus prayed for unity. He knew we would be better together.
"We were created to confuse the enemy by looking past preference and embracing God's purpose as one unified force. Satan has no power in a crowd of unique, authentic, on mission, devoted followers of Christ."
Our world is divided, but there is hope. The church was destined to offer a haven of hope for the lost. Jesus prayed over each of us. How wonderful! Our steps are saturated in His sovereign will. And His prayer remains active today. He invites us to walk in the footprints He left for us to follow.
Somewhere along the way the church defined unity as "exactly the same". Unity to Christ is defined in following the will of the Father, together. Did you know different is not necessarily wrong? We as Christians can have differences but still walk in unity of purpose.
God created each person and broke the mold. There is no carbon copy of you. Different expressions of His children should leave us in awe of the depth of God's image reflected in the body of Christ. There is no room for competition when we are focused on advancing the kingdom.
When we step out of our comfort zone and build relationships with people who are different, what we are saying is "God does not fit inside one box". Jesus said we would be known by how we love and keep His commandments. Not how well we keep everyone tucked neatly in a man made building teaching imitation instead of authentic expression of the knowledge of being "fearfully and wonderfully made".
Last night I attended a city wide prayer service. Thousands of people from all different churches came together to intercede. Standing for truth in prayer each person in attendance put all preference aside and praised God as one church.
All different expressions of His image but beautiful as we gathered together. And standing in that moment of time I thought of John 17.
The prayer of Jesus was alive and active in this magnificent, monumental, moment in time.
I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than I do. Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. John 17:15-18
"We are covered in prayer, commissioned and set apart for His purpose. Just as Jesus was sent into the world by God we are also destined, and equipped to model the truth in unity for all the world to see. "
Jesus said "I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me." ( John 17:23)
I believe we as the body of Christ regardless of what house we gather in can walk in unity of purpose. Spreading the Gospel and reflecting God's glory. We are loved to love each other and reflect the Father for a lost world to see.
Until we pray about the problems as much as we discuss the problems there will be no courage to promote change.
The Holy Spirit convicts man of sin and empowers to turn away from the world and walk in the will of the Father. Our strength is found in the secret place.
And we as the church cannot profess to follow Christ and hate his created.
After last night and the unity of spirit and purpose I viewed in a building full of the "church" I know we can do this together.
It will not be comfortable and their will be chaotic conversations but as we crawl out of the box, we pick up the cross covered in the prayers of Christ.
There is hope. Because Jesus is peace. Choose love and intercession over anger and judgement. Throw away the worries of the world.
Our response to the world is truth found in God's word and modeled through the power of the Fruit of the Spirit in daily life.
Jesus believed in us. He interceded for us. He gave all so we could enter into the Holy of Holies on behalf of each other and the world. He went first. Will we follow?
We do not have to compromise to speak truth in love and fight for unity.
Take time this week to read, pray and believe the words Jesus spoke on your behalf.
John 17: 1-25
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. 2 For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. 3 And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. 4 I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. 5 Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.
6 “I have revealed you[a] to the ones you gave me from this world. They were always yours. You gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything I have is a gift from you, 8 for I have passed on to them the message you gave me. They accepted it and know that I came from you, and they believe you sent me.
9 “My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. 10 All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory. 11 Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name;[b] now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are. 12 During my time here, I protected them by the power of the name you gave me.[c] I guarded them so that not one was lost, except the one headed for destruction, as the Scriptures foretold.
13 “Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy. 14 I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do. 17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. 19 And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.
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.
22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. 24 Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!
25 “O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me. 26 I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.”
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