Vs. 1, “After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed…” This is one of the most remarkable sections of Scripture! Here are what a couple of notable Godly men would say about this passage…Matthew Henry, “It is the most remarkable prayer following the most full and consoling discourse ever uttered on the earth.” Martin Luther, “This is truly beyond measure a warm and hearty prayer. He opens the depths of His heart, both in reference to us and to His Father, and He pours them all out. It sounds so honest, so simple. It is so deep, so rich, so wide. No one can fathom it.” As Jesus begins His prayer, we notice how He begins with himself…Some have likened it to tuning an instrument….every instrument should be tuned up before it is played, therefore, before we begin to pray for others, we need to pray for ourselves. That is not selfishness; it is essential. He would go on to pray for His disciples of that day and end it with praying for us!
Regarding application…Unity & Salvation. Vs. 23, “…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.” Hmmm…we don’t see these words mixed in this way too often…but it is a stark reminder of why it is so important to be unified as one. Obviously, Jesus set the example of how He and the Father were one. But, lives literally are at stake when the church chooses to be selfish rather than unified. When the common goal and denominator is not Christ…churches will be divided. Not may be, not can be…it will be! All of us take a mighty role in the spreading of the Good News by simplying be a unified universal church, local church, youth group, etc… There are many today who have left the church at a young age (teenagers, young adults) because of the hypocrisy and divisiveness they witnessed in the churches. May we humble ourselves and become servants so that the heart of Christ can take precedence in our lives!