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Jesus Prays for All Believers

Jesus Prays for All Believers

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Finally, Jesus prays for all those who will believe in him through the gospel message of the disciples. He prays that the believers of the future will be united (17:20–26).
Unity must always be a distinctive mark of the church. Because Jesus is one with his Father, and believers are one with the Father and the Son, there should be no room for rivalry and faction.
The unity of Christians, their mutual love, and shared purpose, must be the clearest evidence of God in their lives. This will prove to the world that God exists and that Jesus is his Son.
Jesus has always encouraged his friends to be specific in their prayers. Now he comes to his own heart’s desire. He asks that his friends may join him in the glory of heaven. This is surely a prayer that the Father longs to grant. It is, after all, the purpose of Jesus entering the world, that human beings may become God’s children and join him in heaven (John 1:12). More
Knowles, Andrew. The Bible Guide. 1st Augsburg books ed. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 2001. Print.
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