“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you”
— John 17:20-21
Jesus’ two key prayers are found in Matthew 6:5-16 (repeated in Luke 11:1-4) and in John 17.
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus focuses on our relationship with the Father and with each other in the context of living in the Kingdom of God. In the Gospel of John, Jesus’ prayer focuses on our relationship with the Father and with each other in the context of God’s revealed glory through Christ. The God whose name is merciful, compassionate, and forgiving, who kept His face, full identity, and glory hidden from Moses, is now fully revealed to us in Jesus. The old covenant relationship is no longer limited to external commands inscribed on stone tablets. In Jesus’ prayer in John 17, we learn that God’s glory is revealed in Christ within the divine Father-Son relationship, and that He comes to live within us, unifying all believers.
This is the glory that is not only revealed but is also given to us in this prayer. Its implications are revolutionary for our relationships at every level. This prayer in John has become the focus for a spiritual revolution in a Caribbean Island and is uniting believers from more than 30 denominations across the nation. Join us in unleashing this revolution of Jesus’ prayer and glory in your life and church, where love and unity display works that make the Good News of Christ genuine to those who do not yet know Him.
1. What is the threat to the outworking of God’s glory in our lives in Jesus’ prayers of John 17:11 and John 17:15-17? Pray these passages with Jesus for the protection of your relationship with other believers and the unity in your local church.
2. What are the implications of God’s glory given to us in Jesus’ prayer for unity in John 17:20-24?
Blake Penson and his wife, Kathy, are international workers working and living in a creative access country in the Caribbean Sun Region.
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