3/19/2009 - Can You Hear Jesus Praying? (Part 3)

Quiet Time 3-19-09:  Can you hear Jesus praying? PART 3 – Praying for future believers (John 17:20-26)

Last week, the portion of Jesus’ prayer that I studied was Jesus praying for the disciples.  I said last week and still believe that portion of prayer continues to apply to those that are disciples today.  But without a doubt, this last portion of Jesus’ prayer makes it clear that He was praying for those that believe in Him today as well as those that may come to believe in the future. 

Jesus plainly states that disciples are to play a role in others coming to believe.  Disciples today are to continue sharing the message that the first disciples share through the gospels.  Ultimately, it is the work of the Holy Spirit that others receive the message, but Christians should do their part.  Not only did Jesus pray in this passage that Christians would be instrumental, He gave us the great commission to go into all the world and make disciples.  It is not option whether or not to tell others the Good News of Jesus Christ and it is not an option whether or not to help them become disciples once they believe.  We are mandated to bring others to know Christ and help them grow as Christians, just as we are to continue seeking God through being in His word and allowing ourselves to be discipled.  Jesus desires for us to be where He is (verse 24).  That is a high standard and we all have a long way to go.  We should never be complacent about where we are in our walk with Christ.

Our effectiveness as Christians is determined by our actions, not so much our words.  Specifically, Jesus prays for perfect unity among Christians, unity with each other and unity with the Father and the Son.  Jesus says that when we are unified with each other and with God we will see the full glory that God intends.  Furthermore, through unity future believers can not help but know the TRUTH.  Unity requires love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, prayer, respect, humility, sharing, grace, sacrifice, and any of the other traits and actions that Jesus showed us as being the perfect example.  It is clear that we can not be in unity with each other unless we are first in unity with God. 

No doubt, we are called to challenging tasks.  But we should not be discouraged for Jesus says that He will continue to reveal God to those that seek Him and that the God’s love is available to us through Jesus and that His  love can live in us in the form of the Holy Spirit.  It is that indwelling of the Holy Spirit that gives us the ability to be Christ-like.  Hallelujah . . . Praise God!!

John 17:20-26 (New Living Translation)
The Prayer of Jesus (cont)
 20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.
 22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. 24 Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!
 25 “O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me. 26 I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.”

. . . make smart choices, love everybody, be a blessing, I love you and have a great day.