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We can learn so much about prayer by looking at the example of Jesus. John 17 is the longest prayer of Jesus we have recorded. It has far more lessons than we can discuss in two minutes! So, we’ll only focus on one part of the prayer. Listen to Jesus’ prayer for his apostles in John 17:11, “I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name–the name you gave me–so that they may be one as we are one.” (NIV)
Notice that Jesus prayed that God would protect his apostles. And the purpose of the protection was to make them one, just as Jesus and the Father are one. But Jesus also prayed for you and me in verses 20-21, “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.”
Did you notice the progression? Jesus asked for God’s protection of the apostles so that they and all believers would be unified. This would result in the world believing Jesus was from God. We also should pray for the unity of believers.
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