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  • Writer's pictureRick Killen

I do not pray for these alone...

John 17:20-21

20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;

21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

Jesus prayed to the Father before He was betrayed and crucified.

Notice He did not pray just for the apostles who were with Him.

He also prayed for us who believe in Jesus because of their testimony.

Jesus prays for us to be one, as He is one with the Father.

The Father is in Jesus and Jesus is in the Father.

So, the Lord prayed for us to be one in Him and have Him in us.

Sometimes we may have disagreements, but we can still be one in Jesus.

By loving each other, desiring the best for each other.

Being unified in Jesus does not mean we are carbon copies.

God made each of us unique for a reason.

We each have a purpose.

Being unified in Jesus as He was one with the Father means being joined together to accomplish the same goal.

And what is our goal?

To save souls.

To save the lost.

Our ministry is Jesus' ministry.

We may have minor differences, but we can be one in God's love and in our Savior.

Notice the last part of the verse 21, "that the world may believe that You sent Me"

When we war and rage with one another, and do not show the correct love for our brother and sister, we hurt the Lord's cause.

We should be careful to correct and even debate each other in loving, kind terms.

So, that we set the correct example to the world and do not hurt our testimony.

Let's all pray for that kind unity of love in Christ.

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