Tuesday, December 9, 2014

John 17:20-26

40 Days of John

Day 31: John 17:20-26

Jesus continues praying to God for us in today's reading.  

If you are one of those people who is reading Jesus' prayer and wondering, doubting even, if His prayer really applies to You, Jesus makes it clear as He continues to pray.  He's not just talking to His original 12 disciples.  He is praying for all those who come to believe in Him.  We can breathe in Jesus' reassurance.  He's talking to us too.  He loves us too.

20 “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us,[a] so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 24 Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
25 “Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
Jesus unites us through this prayer.  

He has given us the very same glory that God gave His Son, Jesus.  He wants us with Him, and He gives us the same love God had for Him.  

How does knowing all this change your day?

A prayer for today-

Dear God,

I thank You for Jesus' timeless prayer for believers.  Lord, help me to soak in these life-giving words.  Thank You, Lord, for loving me and saving me.

Help me to remember Your love for me and for others in all that I do.  And during this holiday season, when we remember Your birth in the world, help me to make my life a Hallelujah to all that You have so freely given me by Your grace.

I pray today for all those who will gather together over the holidays.  I pray that we would feel Your presence and appreciate the gift of time.  

Help me make room for You in my home, Lord.  My door is open.  I ask that You fill us ____________________ with gratitude and hospitality.  I pray for my home to be a welcoming place for people to feel Your warmth and love.  May people feel uplifted by their visits in this place.  

I also pray for all those who do not have a place to gather.  Hold them in Your arms, Lord, and help them find You and a warm place to be with others.  

I love You, Lord, and I praise You.

In Jesus' name I pray,

Peace of Christ,

*This post is part of A Mind-Maker-Upper's Everyday Reading Project.  Click here to read more.

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