This chapter gives us the longest recorded prayer of Jesus. In it he prays for himself (and God’s glory),for his disciples and their security without him. He closes praying for the (then future) church and its ongoing unity.
We join with Jesus in praying for your glory, knowing that this may mean our own suffering as we share in the sufferings of Christ.
We also pray that you would keep us and all of those believers we know connected to yourself. We have seen many walk away over the years so we pray for security and stability in our faith.
We also pray for unity in the church. Help us to work toward unity based on your word – on the teaching that the apostles gave us from you. Help us to enjoy unity found in the shared life of the Father and the Son. And let us express that unity in mission to an unbelieving world.
Finally help us do whatever it takes to be united with our brothers and sisters in Christ here and now.
And we pray these things to you Father, along with Jesus Christ your Son.
How much confidence do we place in wealth or possessions? Their real value is how we use them to prepare for heaven. In fact, as we consider the life that is to come, suffering may be worth more than money.
You have so constructed this world that it has become, for us, a place to prepare for eternity. Help us to get our hearts in the right place and keep them there – focused on you and not on ourselves, our possessions or our worldly pleasures. Help us to use what material goods we have to serve you and prepare ourselves treasure in heaven.
Help us to see our trials as a gift from you, especially designed to train us and lead us to Jesus. Your servant James once wrote (James 1:2-4) that we should, “Count it all joy, my brothers,when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
That’s what we want to be – “perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” To the extent that we must endure trials, experience pain and undergo suffering, let it be for your glory and the honor of the name of Jesus Christ.