What Jesus Did! 'Departing Prayer' — John 17:11

Friday, October 26, 2018

"Now I am coming to you. I will not stay in the world now. But these men are still in the world. Holy Father, keep them safe. Keep them safe by the power of your name (the name you gave me), so that they will be one, the same as you and I are one."
— John 17:11 NLT
Illustration of John 17:11 NLT — "Now I am coming to you."

Key Thought

Jesus' departing prayer was for his disciples. He wants God to keep them and care for them. He wants them to find God's peace among themselves. He wants them to be unified—as closely "in sync" as he and his Father are one. I can't imagine any other prayer that has been more ignored than Jesus' prayer for his followers' unity. Let's make a commitment to be more united—in our personal relationships, in our congregations, and in our contact with other people of God all over the world.

Today's Prayer

Father, forgive us for our selfishness, pigheadedness, and arrogance. But please, dear God, don't just forgive us, but use your Spirit to change us and unite us. Bring us to truth by using us to minister to the lost world. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Ephesians 4:1-6
  • Colossians 3:15
  • Ephesians 4:11-16


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.