Over the past few weeks we have focused on the Holy Spirit. Since Pentecost we have spoken about how the Holy Spirit is for all believers, provided Jesus the joy needed to face His mission, keeps us humble, is our advocate and is our guide into all truth. Today we think about the prayer that Jesus prayed in John 17. Jesus prays that we would be made holy. This can only happen with the presence and leading of the Holy Spirit. Jesus prays for the disciples which is also offered as a prayer for us who believe.
“I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.”
“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. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” John 17:15-23, ESV.
What a privilege to be included in this same passage. Note the words in bold print. Jesus is speaking about us! With this incredible inclusion comes a responsibility. Keep believing and be at one with other believers because thisis a powerful testimony for the unsaved. This is the key to living a “holy” life.