What we pray about reveals what is most important to us.
It was the same for Jesus in His tie on Earth. His prayers revealed His heart and through those prayers we can see what matters most to our Savior.
Let’s take a look at this passage of Scripture from John chapter 17. In this prayer, Jesus is pouring out His heart before the Father the night before he was going to be die on the cross to pay for the sins of the world. His words in this defining moment reveals so much about what matters most…
““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. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one — I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” John 17:20-23
In one Word, Jesus was praying for UNITY. He wants His Followers to be One Body, One Family and One Church. His Grace and our Faith makes this possible.
Unity does not mean uniformity. It doesn’t mean that we all need to look, talk and dress the same, because God made each of us in a masterfully unique way, but in our uniqueness we still must strive for oneness. We are united by our love for God, our love for people and our desire to reach this world for Jesus.
The petty things that separate us as Christians are not nearly as important as what unifies us. Let’s not get caught up in denominational competitions or in focusing on our differences. Let’s focus instead on our Savior and the Great Commission He gave us.
When the world sees us loving each other, they will more clearly see Him.