Thursday, April 27, 2023

John 17:20–21

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. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

Scripture Insights

I remember participating in a few group projects in school. One of the constant reminders teachers gave students was, “Everybody needs to contribute!” To accomplish the group project, everybody contributing meant we all had different small parts toward the same agreed goal. Usually, the best grades were given
to groups where all participants excelled in their parts and worked together toward the clear and unified goal.

As I read the prayer of Jesus in John 17, I imagine Jesus thinking of you and me in the fulfillment of the kingdom’s big group project, God’s redemption
plan, in these times of extreme focus on self-interest and self-desire that causes much disunity. To become one with the Father, Jesus humbled himself in obedience. Just like in a school project, where students humble themselves to listen to one another and submit themselves to their assigned tasks, God’s redemption plan requires from us a humble attitude and submission to one another in Jesus Christ.

By living this way, our selfish world will become a believing and restored one.

Today’s Prayer

Dear God, may the prayer of your Son, Jesus, be fulfilled in our lives and in your church today so that those around us may know who you are and believe in you.

Prayer Journal Reflections

Reflect on the unity of the church in Canada and the United States.

—Tabita Rothmann
González Ministerios Multiculturales, Plantacion de Iglesias Iglesia del Nazareno, Distrito Kansas City

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