The passage for today is John 17:1-26. You can read this passage online or on your phone by following along with The Essential Jesus reading plan on bible.com, or you can read it in your physical Bible. Take a few minutes to read John 17:1-26 carefully, inviting the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you read.
What did you see in the text? What is the main point being communicated? Here are some of the things that I saw.
This chapter is sometimes called the high priestly prayer of Jesus, and it comes at the end of John’s account of the Last Supper. Jesus prays for many things, but what is striking is how he prays for his disciples. His heart is on full display as he asks his Father to protect them from the evil one and to sanctify them. This is the same prayer he prays for us, as well. We are those who believe in Jesus because of the message of the original disciples. His prayer for us is that we would be unified, and that we would be totally committed to God. The end result of our unity and commitment is an effective witness: “so that the world may believe” the Father has sent the Son.
Jesus prayed for the unity of his followers. That means that we should work hard at maintaining that unity with each other. We shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss each other for believing differently, or even wrongly! Instead, we should, as Paul wrote, bear with each other in love. The effectiveness of our witness, and therefore the salvation of many, depends in part on our unity with one another.
Jesus, may your prayer for our unity be answered. We are so quick to divide, but help me to be the kind of person that brings unity to the church. Amen.