What was the last thing Jesus did before he headed to the garden to be arrested? He prayed for his disciples — and then, get this: he prayed for you and me.
Since Jesus took the time to pray for us, I humbly suggest that we take the time right now to pray through each and every one of His precious words, asking Him to help us live them out in our lives.
I am coming to you now,
but I say these things
while I am still in the world,
so that they may have the full measure
of my joy within them.
I have given them your word
and the world has hated them,
for they are not of the world,
any more than I am of the world.
My prayer is not that you
take them out of the world
but that you protect them
from the evil one.
They are not of the world,
even as I am not of it.
Sanctify them by the truth;
your word is truth.
As you sent me into the world,
I have sent them into the world.
For them I sanctify myself,
that they too may be truly sanctified.
My prayer is not for them alone.
I pray also for those who will believe
in me through their message,
that all of them may be one, Father,
just as you are in me and I am in you.
May they also be in us
so that the world may believe
that you have sent me.
I have given them the glory
that you gave me,
that they may be one as we are one:
I in them and you in me.
May they be brought to complete unity
to let the world know that you sent me
and have loved them
even as you have loved me.
I want those you have given me
to be with me where I am,
and to see my glory,
the glory you have given me
because you loved me
before the creation of the world.
though the world does not know you,
I know you,
and they know that you have sent me.
I have made you known to them,
and will continue to make you known
in order that the love you have
for me may be in them
and that I myself may be in them.
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