I have lost track of how many times I have read this prayer over the last few months. Dozens and dozens. And every single time, without fail, just reading the four words that title this section bring a tear of humility to my eye. Wow. He prays for me.
Key themes in this entire chapter (prayer) are:
~Knowing and experiencing the only true God.
~Jesus represents The Father.
~He deeply loves us.
~Our surrendered lives bring Him glory.
~Over and over again He prays for His followers to be united as one.
~Our allegiance is not to this world.
~He has commissioned us to represent Him.
~The world will be convinced by LOVE.
I am sure that I will be reading this again and again and again. I need its reminder again and again and again. My heart’s desire is to be part of the answer to this Prayer. If love and unity are this important to Jesus, then they should be of utmost importance to me. I refuse to participate in the rampant hatred and division that seems to be everywhere I look these days. These things do not represent the One I follow.
The One Who, after this prayer, gave His very life because of His love for me. How could I ever desire to spread anything but love??
Jill Perry, founder of Bursting Barns Ministries