20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 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. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (John 17:20-23)
Thank you very much for you responses to yesterday’s post. As one person said, “What wonderful responses.” I couldn’t agree more.
We have now considered three qualities of Jesus that make him the best port of call when we face challenges. On Monday, we saw that Jesus Cares. On Tuesday, we saw that Jesus knows us and He is straight with us (He speaks the truth in love). Yesterday, we saw that He shows us how to live (He is not just theoretical).
Today we move on to another quality of Jesus exhibited in the days leading up to his death and resurrection. Jesus actively seeks our good. When you are faced with a challenge you want someone in your corner who is seeking your welfare.
The prayer that Jesus prayed in the John 17 is one of my favorite prayers in the Bible. Even as He faced the prospect of the cross, Jesus prayed for the welfare of all who would believe. You can see in His prayer, strategy and intent focused on what’s best for believers. This reminds me of a gospel song that says, “All things are working for my good. He’s intentional, never failing.”
So, Jesus not only cares about us; knows us and is straight with us; and shows us how we need to live; He also actively seeks our good.
Please reflect on the passage above, which is an excerpt from Jesus’ prayer in John 17, and answer the question below.
As you consider challenges you or your loved ones may face, what assurance do you take from the fact that Jesus always actively seeks the good of those who trust Him?