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.