The cross and resurrection figure large in our thoughts right now, and I struggle with how to pray. I decided to follow an ancient practice and “pray the Scriptures.” It’s a matter of letting the words of Scripture guide us as we pray.
I have decided to use Jesus’ last prayer for His followers to shape my prayers this week.
Jesus to the Father:
I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, 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. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me (vv. 20-23).
A prayer to the Father today:
Dear Lord, we are in awe that Your Son would grant us Your glory, the magnificence that resided in Him. We know it is not from ourselves but is a gift from You and makes oneness with You and with other followers of your Son possible. We pray your forgiveness of how we ignore our oneness with You and even actively seek division from Your other children. We surely are not living as “completely one,” as Your Son prayed. We pray that we may be one with You and others as Jesus expressed His oneness with you.