Jesus prayed for us, you and me - his church, the night before he was crucified. He said: ‘I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who believe in me through their message. He prayed that as believers we would be one. That we would love each so strongly that we would become a community, a family that mirrors the community that God lives in - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
He said: ’I pray that they would be one, just as you and I are one - as you are in me and I am in you.’
He then said ‘And may they be in us …. so that they world will know you sent me.’
Jesus prayed that we would love God deeply and that we would be become one with God - that our character would match God’s, we would become holy just as he is holy.
Jesus prayed: ‘May they be in such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me!’
He prayed that we would reach out into our hurting world to tell people that God loves them and that they would know that it was real by how much we loved each other and loved God.