Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
As those living in the last days, each believer — young and old, male and female — must be Spirit-led and Spirit-empowered to give our personal testimony to the grace of God given us in Jesus Christ. As Jesus prayed for us before his death (John 17:20-23), we must be united across gender barriers, age barriers, and racial barriers as God’s children (Galatians 3:26-29) if the world is ever to truly know that he sent his Son as Savior for all people of our world!
God of all nations, please help us break down the barriers that divide us. Jesus helped us understand that our division blunts the beautiful message of your grace. Please pour your Spirit upon us and convict us of our prejudice and selfishness. Replace them with your transcending love displayed in our unity. Forgive us, forgive me, when shortsighted selfishness interferes with the world seeing your united people proclaiming Jesus as Lord and Savior. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.