The Profound Prayer that Jesus Prayed, Part 14 (Praying Through the Bible #198)

TEXT: John 17:20-23

20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

21 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.

22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 197 messages in this series.

This is message #198 titled, The Profound Prayer that Jesus Prayed, Part 14

In our last message we focused on Jesus’ prayer for unity to be evident among those who would believe on His name based upon the disciples’ witness. Why is that unity so important to Jesus? We find out in the next part of Jesus’ prayer. “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.”

The unity of the church is a testimony to the transforming power of Jesus Christ. Our Savior prayed for this unity ‘that the world may believe that God had really sent him.’

The world is a place of extreme disunity. Sometimes, this disunity is the result of things we have no control over such as language barriers and geographic differences. However, more often than not, disunity is evidence of the sin nature of man. In the world, we see hatred and strife caused by skin color, class warfare, differences of opinion on political matters, ethnic stereotypes, and much more. No matter where you go, you will find people at odds with one another. That is what we see when we look at the world.

However, when the world looks at the church, it ought to see unity and harmony in our actions and interactions with each other. The church is a place where people overcome race differences, class differences, intellectual differences, ethnic differences, and political differences. We have a calling to something that is much higher than those things: Jesus Christ and the Gospel transcend such barriers and divisions. As Galatians 3:28 says, in the church, “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”

“One” — that is the key word. We are not many different types of people coming together, yet remaining separate. We are many different types of people becoming one in Jesus Christ. We literally become one body beneath Him who is the head. Jesus prayed that we ‘might be made perfectly ONE’ because then the world will know that God had sent Jesus and that God loved the people in His church just as He loved His own Son.

The church, today, often demonstrates divisiveness instead of unity — divisiveness over race, politics, theology, and any number of other insignificant issues — issues that are all trumped by the Gospel and the Great Commission. There is no greater reason for us as the church to strive for unity than the reason that God will use that unity as a witness to the world to turn many people to His Son. D.A. Carson said, “Even when Jesus prays for the church’s unity, He looks beyond their unity to the still unconverted world which stands in need of the witness generated by that unity.”

Let us commit ourselves to praying for unity and harmony — in the church first and then the world — keeping in mind that when the church is unified, it is another part of the collective evidence which attests to the power of the Gospel.

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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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