March 28, 2013 by lellielieb
This morning I read John 17, the prayer that Jesus prayed for His disciples. I love this passage. It thrills me because I realize that Jesus is praying for me, too, and for all Christians from those who suffered under Rome down through the Middle Ages into the Renaissance and Reformation. He prayed for the Christians who would explore this planet and for the ones who would settle in the New World. He prayed for those who would help to found nations, and those who would become humble citizens in those nations. He prayed for all those who would come to a relationship with God through the ministry of the disciples. That would be all of us who claim His name today. What did He pray?
“That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”
This part of the prayer hit me hard this morning. I’ve had a difficult week so far and most of the problems were a result of Christians not trusting other Christians, from a lack of unity, from an unwillingness to work things out. What would it be like if we were truly one as Jesus and the Father are one? If we worked in harmony, if we acted as though we had the same purpose–bringing glory to God–what would it be like? It would change the world. The world would know that Jesus is the real deal. It would be beautiful beyond imagination.
I think that when Jesus prayed this prayer, He knew how difficult it would be for us to live as one. We have the Holy Spirit in us, so it is possible, but our flesh is weak. We want our way; at least I know I do. Still, Jesus longs to help us. Today, I want to walk in unity with the Father. I want to consult Him before I speak, act, or continue a train of thought.
This was on my mind as I turned to the Psalms for the day and there I found another familiar verse that confirmed the lesson God has for me today: “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity!” Psalms 133:1 It sounds like heaven. Let’s give it a try. Help us, Lord!