Jesus prays for the Disciples and then for us also and we are challenged by what He prays. John 17 is an account of Jesus’ prayer. The previous chapters, namely chapters 14, 15 and 16, speak about the role of the Holy Spirit. We are not able to pray without the help of the Holy Spirit.
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:20-21, ESV.
Jesus prays for unity amongst us, the believers, and challenges us to be united and to be one as “Christ and the Father are one.” This harmony is a powerful witness to the world around us. The world sees unrest and a breakdown in relationships everywhere so when the followers of Jesus present a oneness with other believers, this witness is authentic and appealing. It is life changing.
Paul taught the following, “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.” 1 Corinthians 1:10, NIV.