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.
This is from April 30, 2019. The subject matter is related to our previous series on Unity, Diversity and Our Identity in Christ. Dr. Netland is one of my instructors and one of the readers putting me through my doctoral project. (Not sure why, but it doesn’t seem to want to start at the beginning.)
26 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.
Paul was speaking in Athens to the philosophers on Mars Hill. What he evidently knew back then was not particularly controversial to his Greek audience at the time. For some reason this no longer seems obvious today, but turns out Paul was right. This is one of the points we tried to emphasize in the recent series Unity, Diversity and Our Identity in Christ.
Check out this post appearing today from Peter G. Prontzos of Scientific American.