So That the World May Believe.

“May they (Believers) also be in us

so that the world may believe

that you have sent Me.”

John 17:21

Even before they were His followers, Jesus prayed for those who would believe in His message (the one His disciples were entrusted to share).

Here’s what He asked God the Father:

“that all of them may be one, Father,

just as you are in Me and I am in You.”

John 17:21

He was after unity and oneness, the building of a rampart that would withstand the wiles of the Enemy.

I’ve hosted a Moms in Prayer group in my home for the past 6 years. (www.momsinprayer.org) I also attend a weekly, women’s prayer hour at my church. We gather in a space I like to refer to as “The mountain-moving room”.

Both groups are structured right side up in that the first several minutes are spent solely praising God for a particular attribute.

Imagine that. Putting God first.

We reference His immutability, holiness, omniscience, omnipotence, goodness, sovereignty…

The list goes on.

Intercession follows and is sweetly mingled with thanksgiving for what God has done, is doing, and refuses to do (because He knows best).

While I believe my prayers are set on the mind and will of God, only God really knows the intention of my heart when I approach His throne.

In a wild and unexpected parental journey through the profuse, unchartered landscape of children’s’ waywardness, I have held fast to this verse:

“Then Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” Luke 18:1

Now, seriously. How many parents beg their child(ren) to persist in asking for something, whether the request is a worthy one or not? None. In fact, on some days I’ve thought I might just jump off a bridge if I heard one more, “But Mom, I really need…”

Yet, scripture is clear. Jesus tells me to persist. His directive is even tinged with a hint of a warning against giving up.

But then I reconsider Jesus’ prayer before God the Father. His heart’s desire is that we (His followers) would be one as He and the Father are one.

Have I prayed this? I mean, like, only this? And done so simply for the sake of unity and intimacy with Him?

Um, there are still bills to pay, children to feed, decisions to make. What of those?

Jesus knows my needs and He already owns all my stuff (None Like Him, Jen Wilkin*). This frees me to anchor my heart to the one prayer I know He’ll hear, that I may be one with Him.

His desire is for me to become as relationally intimate with Him as humanly possible.

The prayer to be one with God emboldens me to waive my rights for the good of others and for His glory and to trust Him in all things.

For the sake of someone’s salvation, I tend to believe He’d weed through my rambling petitions and incline His ear to that one prayer:

“…that all of them may be one, Father.

John 17:21

It’s all about God. Again and again.

So that the world may believe.

*Get this book. ToDaY.

https://www.amazon.com/None-Like-Him-Different-Thats-ebook/dp/B01BU6F7RI/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1495813704&sr=1-1&keywords=None+Like+Him

1 Comment

  1. Oh, Mary, this is so true! If I pray first for my relationship with Him, for increased unity, etc., then the rest of my prayers will better reflect His heart (and therefore, be more likely to be answered). Thanks for writing this.

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