A Prayer for the Unity of His Church

“We ask for those who have believed in Christ through Your Word and the testimony of Your saints, that we may all be one, just as You, Father, are in Christ, and Christ in You; that we, Your Church, may also be in You, so that the world may believe that Christ was sent of the Father. The glory that You gave Christ, Christ has given to His Church,  that she may be one even as Christ and Yourself are one – Christ in her and You in Christ –  in order that she may be perfectly one, so the world may know that You sent Christ and loved us even as You loved Christ. Father, we desire that we may also be  with Christ where He is, to see the glory that You have given Him because You loved Him before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, even though the world does not know You, You have sent Christ that we may know You. Christ has made known to us Your name, and will continue to make it known, until the love with which You have loved Christ will be in and among us, and until Christ Himself be in and among us. Amen.”

adapted from the prayer of Jesus, John Chapter 17, ESV

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