Jesus Prayed For You

 

Jesus had just prayed for His eleven disciples and now He prays for all believers.

 

John 17:20-23

"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. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

 

Jesus prayed for the oneness for us that He shared with the Father. Jesus prayed for the unity among us that would show the world His love and glory. Jesus said that He has given us the glory that the Father has given Him.

 

What is the glory that Jesus is giving us? I believe that glory was His complete obedience and humility before His Father and that is how we are to be before Jesus.

Jesus commanded us:

 

John 13:34-35

 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

 

Why is this a new command? Because Jesus has come in the flesh and now we are to follow His example. And what is the example of His love?

 

John 15:13

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

 

Are you willing to lay down your life for Jesus and your brothers and sisters in the Lord? We say no one is telling us that we have to die today for Jesus or our fellow believers.

Is our physical death what He is talking about?

 

 

What do you think Jesus means in John 12:24-25

 

“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”

 

And what does Paul mean in 1 Cor 15:31

 

“I die every day — I mean that, brothers — just as surely as I glory over you in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

Rom 12:1

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship.”

 

I believe Jesus and Paul are telling us that God does not want our physical sacrifice of death, but rather that we should sacrifice our life every day to God and die to sin and the world. If we don’t learn to sacrifice our life to God, we will never be able to give up our life for God. God has commanded us -

 

1 John 3:23

“And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.”

 

And God wants unity and peace among His people.

 

Col 3:12-15

“Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”

 

Paul also says:

 

Rom 15:5-7

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”

 

When Christ first accepted you into His family, did you know everything about Him that you know today? We are all in different stages of knowing Christ. Do we have unity in our church? Do we truly accept one another as Christ accepts us? Or do we only accept those that we judge as good enough to be in our church and the rest we just kind of put up with?  Maybe even hope they go away. If we don’t have that unity and acceptance then God cannot be glorified or praised from our worship or service to Him.

 

The disciple John says:

 

1 John 4:19-21

“We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.  And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.”

 

Are we willing to learn the love that God has first shown us, to truly love Him first and then one another, by dying to ourself and laying down our life for our brothers and sisters? If our brother or sister offends us :

 

Eph 4:32

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

 

Or as Paul says:

 

Rom 14:13

“Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way.”

 

Unless we are the one body of Christ that God’s Word speaks of, then we are no body at all in God’s sight and we are separated from the forgiveness that we so desperately need

 

Eph 4:2-6

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit— just as you were called to one hope when you were called— one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”

 

Are we willing to let God be all and everything in us? Are we willing to accept the glory of Jesus in us, which is complete obedience and humility before God? What is God’s Spirit saying to your heart today?

 

I see the selfishness in my own heart that hinders God from doing everything that He wants for me. I hate my sinful heart.  It’s really just an attempt to be my own god and have my own way.

 

Our only hope is that daily, moment by moment, hour by hour, surrender of ourself to Jesus, the only one who can give us real life and joy. Why do we choose to hang on to our fears, suffering and sin when Jesus calls us to freedom?  Is it because it’s easier to stay where we’re at than to take that step of faith that God requires of us?

 

Jesus’ disciple Peter says:

 

1 Peter 3:8

“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.”

 

God’s Word tells us over and over that we must have love, unity and humility to please God. Are our eyes open to God’s Word?  Are our ears open to His Spirit?  If not, then we have a heart problem. God can and does do amazing things to the heart of the person who truly surrenders everything to Him. That’s when people notice that you have been with Jesus. Do you want the new heart and mind that God has promised to His people?

 

Then remember and practice four words. Jesus, Love, Humility and Forgiveness

 

What is God saying to your heart today?  Which word don’t you understand? There is only one Teacher, and He is waiting for you to come to Him and ask.

 

Matt 23:10-11

“Nor are you to be called 'teacher,' for you have one Teacher, the Christ. The greatest among you will be your servant.”

 

Come to Jesus today for the new heart and life that He has just for you. Jesus prayed for you. Will you let His Spirit live in you today? Will you receive the glory that He wants you to have, complete obedience and humility before the Father? What is your heart saying to God today?

 

If God is speaking to your heart then simply do what He asks you to do. Don’t let fear, or the world, or your old nature keep you from the most important thing in your life. This is your time; Jesus has prayed for you today, how are you going to answer?