John 17:20-23

Spend time in prayer and silence with God, asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

Bible Reading

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, 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 sent Me. I have given them the glory that You gave Me, that they may be one as We are one: 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 17:20-23


Jesus now starts to pray for future believers. (This would be you and me!) As He begins to pray for future generations of believers, He reiterates the importance of unity. He prayed this for the eleven and now He prays this for all future believers. He also connects unity with love in this prayer.

The Big Question

Why is unity such an important factor as Jesus looks forward to future generations of believers? When a non-believer observes the church today, does he/she see unity? Why or why not? How does it make you feel to know that Jesus was praying for you in this passage? What is the correlation between love and unity in this passage? Can you have unity without love? Can you have love without unity?

Conclude your time in prayer and silence, reflecting on what God revealed to you today.