That is the objective. He prays because he loves each of us. There it is, "that they may become perfectly one." His prayer is that all of us will be united with God our Father and with him. What remarkable love that is, love that will not let us go, love that pursues us despite our rebuffs, love that never gives up, relentless in its pursuit until we yield, broken, melted by thy love. This is, in other words, a summit meeting, the highest possible summit. There are those who tell us that this prayer of Jesus concerning the church, "that they may be one," must now begin to be answered, that it is now time to answer this prayer after twenty centuries of it remaining unfulfilled, that we must now forget all the differences and distinctions that have separated us into various denominations and sectarian groups through the centuries and join together in one great organization or union. Lord, this is the nature and character of the love that is shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit. "That the world may believe that thou, Father, hast sent me," (John 17:21b RSV). It is this remarkable thing that the world waits to see in Christian people. That is excellent, that is exactly what world evangelism is. When we look at the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ we see that love poured out for us. Jesus is very specific: "I made known to them thy name, and I will make it known, that the love with which thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them." Every military campaign must envision all three of these. Prayer for Unity: John 17 Here’s a prayer for unity based on John 17, Jesus’ high-priestly prayer. The remarkable thing is that when the church is like this there is no more potent evangelistic thrust. Now in this prayer of Jesus which, as I have suggested in a previous message, was not prayed in the quiet sanctuary of a cathedral but was really uttered on a battlefield, you have these three ingredients of a military campaign. I find Advent calendars so irresistible, in fact, that some years I have bought several! Note the strategy by which God intends to accomplish his objective of reaching the world: that they may be brought to complete unity. John 17:20-26: Thursday of the Lord's Supper; Shepherd; Reconciliation, Atonement, … Most of us were from this church here, but not all; there were a number of men from other churches as well joining with us. “O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother, May I know Thee more clearly, Love Thee more dearly, Follow Thee more nearly” (Saint Richard of Chichester). The attempt of the World Council of Churches to move in and get everyone to join it. Almost every month the papers carry a report of denominational groups that are considering merging together. Can you imagine Jesus praying somewhere, maybe on the hillside where he went to pray, or among his followers. In opening ourselves to prayer, we are Jesus says it here. That kind of love is what the world employs. One of the questions asked was, "What is the definition of World Evangelism?" Ad revenue helps keep us running. It was written by William Temple. Jesus said, "If you salute only your brethren, what do ye more than others?" We need one another. When we put our finger on that we come to the divine tactics by which God intends to implement his strategy. Father, you are the God of love. Does it cause unbelievers to believe that Jesus is the authentic voice of God? When we are ready to consent to love, he is quite ready to love. There is a difference. I must say, in observing the world scene today, that there is little evidence that this is the case. He says (John 17:20), “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word.” Note two things: 1) Christian unity is based on our common salvation in Jesus Christ. Look at Verse 23 again: I in them and you in me — so that they may be brought to complete unity. Why are we seeing this remarkable upsurge of blatant, open attacks against Christian faith? But the thing that impressed me was that, as they gathered together, there is a wonderful sense of oneness, of unity in the Lord, a glorious, heavenly atmosphere. No, it is here too. RayStedman.org/permissions. This is the divine strategy by which the world may be led to believe in him. Now that remarkable unity which exists above and beyond the denominational differences is being threatened, and do you know what is threatening it? John 17:23. May a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth, break forth into joyous songs of praise. This is the prayer of Jesus for his followers through the ages. opening ourselves to Jesus praying for us. All rights reserved worldwide. Subject to permission policy, all rights reserved. God's whole redemptive plan is aimed at one target: the world. 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