Before you begin, take a few moments to quiet your mind and prepare your heart to receive God’s Word. Read the following passage at least twice, and then pray through the points below.
20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
Jesus' longest prayer recorded in Scripture was for you, for us- the family of believers. Take a few moments to reflect on how much Jesus loves His Bride. Let that truth spur you on to pray for the nations today.
Jesus' prayer was for God's name to continue to be known among the peoples of the earth. We get to be the ones who carry that name to the nations, because Jesus was faithful in his call to make God's name known to us through those who believed in Him. Pray that God would birth in us a continuous desire to make God's name known among the nations.
Pray that the nations would see Jesus' glory through the gospel message we proclaim. Pray that generations of believers would come from the nations to which God sends us and that these people would worship Him until Jesus comes again.