Have you ever experienced someone praying specifically for you? Perhaps it occurred at your baptism or wedding ceremony, or during an illness or catastrophic event. Sadly, many of you may have never heard words of faith whispered over you.
Well, I am here to inform you that Jesus halted everything one night and took time to pray for you! When? On the evening of the Last Supper. The apostle John records many details of that momentous night, when the eternal future of the entire world weighed on Jesus’ shoulders.
Before His final walk to the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed for Himself, for His disciples, and for all believers, present and future. Jesus’ prayer for all who would believe in Him is found in John 17:20-26. He asked His Father:
- That all believers would become one in heart and mind, in complete unity.
- That believers would be in the Father and the Son.
- That the Son would be in believers as the Father is in the Son.
- That believers would be with Jesus and see His glory.
- That the love the Father has for the Son would be in believers.
And what was the purpose of this oneness? Unity would be a testimony to the world regarding two things:
- That God had sent His Son, Jesus.
- That God loved the world, just as God loved the Son.
A portion of The Message Bible puts it this way:
“Then they’ll be mature in this oneness,
And give the godless world evidence
That you’ve sent me and loved them
In the same way you’ve loved me” (John 17:23).
Jesus said oneness among believers was possible because He had placed in believers the glory the Father gave Him. May we be one in Christ.