“I in them and You in Me. 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.” (John 17:23)
These words of Jesus are part of His prayer for believers. It should give us both comfort and embolden us when we stop to think that our Savior prayed to the Father on our behalf, with a purpose that the world would recognize that there is something different about us. We belong to Christ. Sometimes it is our own fear that keeps us from being recognized as His. Fear can be a debilitating thing. Years ago the world's longest bridge was completed at San Francisco at a cost of seventy-seven million dollars. During the construction of the first part of the bridge, no safety devices were used and twenty-three men fell to their death in the water below. In the construction of the second part, it was decided to install the greatest safety net in the world, even though the cost amounted to $100,000. It saved the lives of at least ten men who fell to it without injury. In addition the work went 25% faster with the men no longer fearful of falling. The knowledge that they were safe left the men free to devote their energies to the task in hand.
In this verse from His prayer for believers, we should draw the greatest strength for the task at hand. Don't lose sight of the power of Christ’s prayer for us. [Written by: Eric]