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The Prayer Into the Future
Bible Passage John 17:20-26
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & book John.

The Prayer Into the Future

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached March 24, 2023

20 I ask not only on behalf of these men, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their message,

21 so that they may all be one. Just as you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be one in us, so that the world may believe that you sent me.

22 “I have given them the glory that you gave me, so that they may be one, just as we are one.

23 I am in them, and you are in me. May they be completely one, so that the world may know that you sent me and that you have loved them as you loved me.

24 Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am and to see my glory, which you gave me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25 “Righteous Father, the world has never known you. Yet I have known you, and these men have known that you sent me.

26 I made your name known to them, and will continue to make it known, so that the love you have for me may be in them and I myself may be in them.

In the final part of His prayer, Jesus prays for those who will believe through the preaching of that initial group of disciples and so become God’s new people, the Christian church. The earlier verses were prayers for Jesus Himself (John 17:1-5), and for His disciples (John 17:6-19).

In our text for today, Jesus now prays that the same unity as existed between the Father and the Son will bind the believers together so that through them others too will believe (verses 20-23).

Jesus desired that in the age to come when He enjoys the glory that was His before the world began, all who have trusted in Him will be there with Him.

Meanwhile, in the present world of unbelief, they will learn more of Him as they share in the love that the Father has for the Son. The world will begin to know God when it sees the love of Jesus in His people.

After the death and resurrection of Jesus, His disciples preached Him to many people.

They spoke in public about salvation and used Jesus’ name to do miracles. The good news about Jesus spread quickly.

Later, the authors of the Gospels recorded Jesus’ words and acts. The church has continued to grow in the last 2000+ years. Christians have continued to teach each other about Jesus.

People have translated the Bible into many different languages and Jesus remains the most common and revered name in the world.

So this last part of Jesus’ prayer is on our behalf particularly. Jesus prayed that all Christians would love each other as one family. This can happen only when we are in a close relationship with God. Like Jesus’ symbol of the vine (John 15:1-17), we must remain in a close relationship with Him and love other Christians too.

We are all God’s children. It does not mean that we must agree on everything. It does not mean that we must all worship God in exactly the same way. But we must believe in Jesus Christ and the truth of the Bible.

Believers must therefore love and respect each other. It does not matter if we are old or young. It does not matter which country we live in. It does not matter if we have had a good education or not. It does not matter if we are rich or poor. We all belong to Jesus. And we belong to each other. So we must help each other. We must intercede for each other and encourage each other.

This is a powerful way to show to non-Christians that our faith is real and genuine.

The Father loves us all as much as He loves His own Son! When we know Jesus personally, we can remain united with God all the time, and even share His glory.


🔷 All believers must love and help each other towards the expansion of the kingdom of God

🔷 We must pray for those who send the message of God to others especially those in the hinterlands

🔷 We must learn to pray into the future and all our hopes and aspirations

🔷 The glory of the believer is in the cross that he/she bears

💥 Pray that you will unite with other believers
💥 Pray for those who will hear the word of God

Unity among Christians is not necessarily a physical unity of churches but a unity of hearts that promotes love to be able to carry our cross and convince the world about Christ.

In series Bright Morning Reflections