Devotions for May 19, 2014

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John 17:1-12

After saying all these things, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. 2 For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. 3 And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. 4 I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. 5 Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.

6 “I have revealed you to the ones you gave me from this world. They were always yours. You gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything I have is a gift from you, 8 for I have passed on to them the message you gave me. They accepted it and know that I came from you, and they believe you sent me.

9 “My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. 10 All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory. 11 Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are. 12 During my time here, I protected them by the power of the name you gave me. I guarded them so that not one was lost, except the one headed for destruction, as the Scriptures foretold.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: As Jesus is preparing to leave this earth, he looked up to heaven and prayed this prayer. How does He say that He brought God glory? Is this a way that you could be bringing God glory? Are you? Should you be? How can the Holy Spirit help you in this?

Q: Jesus asks that God, “protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are.” Why do you think that Jesus prayed for protection over unity? Do you see how being separated from other Christians would be a bad thing? Do you pray that God protects the unity that you have with other believers?

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