What Jesus Did! 'He Prayed for You and Me!' — John 17:20-21

Thursday, November 1, 2018

"I pray for these men. But I am also praying for all people that will believe in me because of the teaching of these men. Father, I pray that all people that believe in me can be one. You are in me and I am in you. I pray that these people can also be one in us, so that the world will believe that you sent me."
— John 17:20-21 NLT
Illustration of John 17:20-21 NLT — "I pray for these men."

Key Thought

Jesus didn't just pray for his immediate disciples, but also for those who would believe on Jesus because of their word. Folks, that includes us! Jesus looked beyond the first generation of believers and saw others who would follow him. His prayer for them, and for us, is that we would be unified so that the world around us will believe that God sent Jesus to be Savior of the world. So let's get together by coming to Jesus and seeking his life, his love, his will, and his Spirit to help us be what he has called us to be.

Today's Prayer

Holy and almighty God, please break down the walls that separate your people and keep us apart. Forgive us for our arrogance and selfishness and bring us to unity as we seek to serve the world as your Son did. As we focus more on Jesus, please conform us more to your will. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 16:4-15
  • 1 Timothy 2:1-2
  • Matthew 28:20

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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.