“The glory which you have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one. I in them and you in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that you sent Me, and loved them, even as you have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which you have given Me, for you loved Me before the foundation of the world” (John 17:22-24).
To obey is to glorify God. This, then, is to receive a heavenly reward as a consequence of following His leading. But the reward is not something akin to what we get for work done on earth (a raise in pay, a kind word of thanks, a promotion, etc.). In heaven we not only obtain heaven, we obtain a “participation in the divine nature.” We receive entrance into the life of the Father and the Son themselves. In a way that defies human comprehension, this altered reality begins here on earth.
This unity cannot be forced into existence by a series of church mergers. This is a unity of different order. This is the unity of those who fully obey the Lord, and through that obedience are brought to others whose very center is the love of God. By divine appointment, God reveals His heart to those who sacrifice to be one with Him. Then by divine appointment we are drawn together around who Jesus is. And this is glorious.
We taste this reality from time to time. This is the glory that comes when someone prays for another, is moved to action, obeys, and then sees God’s power break through in a marvelous way. We discover that our actions were in fact the actions that God desired us to do—and they lead to an amazing breakthrough of God’s power.
–Adapted from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka
Father, my heart breaks when I realize that I am not always willing to sacrifice to be one with You. I am all about my own comfort, and shut my ears to the voice of Your Spirit. How I long to continually participate in the unity that defines the “divine nature.” Yet, I am not able to withstand the discomfort of surrendering everything for Your sake. Teach me to respond to the divine appointments You place in my path…to fully step into a life of complete obedience. May I live continuously in the very center of Your love.
Praise Jesus, who is “declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead” (Rom. 1:4). Thank the Father for having given us his “incomparably great power . . . the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead” (Eph. 1:19-20). Confess the times when you have not taken into account the mighty power of God in your life. Commit yourself to meditating daily on the Scriptures and on the power of God (Mt. 22:29). Ask God to use your weaknesses to “show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” (2 Cor. 4:7).
Pray for God’s power to be unleashed in the life of the unsaved people you know, that their eyes will be opened to God’s love for them.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend