Forty Days of Prayer – Day 14

One of the temptations we all face is to think that we are all alone. This can happen even to people of great faith. It happened to the prophet Elijah as he speaks to God in 1 Kings chapter 19, when he says, “I am the only one left.” In prayer that can sometimes happen because often prayer is a solitary spiritual discipline. Jesus knows this pitfall and speaks to it in His prayer from John chapter 17.

“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.” (John 17: 20-21)

Here Jesus is praying for the future generations of believers to be united, to be one. He wants us to have the same kind of unity that He has with God the Father. Totally explaining how God the Father and God the Son relate to each other and how They are One yet both distinct persons is too big a subject for this short blog, and beyond my comprehension. One truth we need to be reminded of first of all is that prayer is never a solitary action. First and foremost God is the predominant part of the relationship and dialogue.

The second part in Jesus’ prayer for us is that He wants us to be united with each other. He wants us to pray for each other. He wants us to make a statement to the world that in Jesus we stand together. So many of the groups in our society and politics function by showing the divisions they have with other people. Jesus asks us here to be standing with Him. Then we always find we are never alone. Because he is the one who truly unites people, both with others and with God. Jesus reminds us today we are never alone and reminds us in His last words before ascending to heaven, “I am with you always.”

In Christ’s Service, Pastor Dave

Dear Lord Jesus. Thank you for praying for me. Thank you that Your words were accompanied with actions, namely the cross. Help me to be united with others who stand with You in faith and service. May all of our words and actions together testify to the world who You are, the Son of God who came into this world and yet today prays for us all. Amen.

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