I pray not only for these. But also for those who through their word will believe in me. May they all be one, as you Father are in me and I am in you. May they be one in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
I have given them the glory you have given me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. Thus they shall reach perfection in unity; and the world shall know that you have sent me, and that I have loved them, just as you loved me.
Father, since you have given them to me, I want them to be with me where I am, and see the glory you gave me, for you loved me before the foundation of the world.
Righteous Father, the world has not known you, but I have known you, and these have known that you have sent me. As I revealed your name to them, so will I continue to reveal it, so that the love with which you loved me may be in them, and I also may be in them.
According to the Bible, God made many surprise visits. The results were miraculous. Nebuchadnezzar, pagan king, became God’s agent in liberating the Hebrews. Samson’s mother was barren, so was Elizabeth, and Mary was a virgin.
The Pharisees and Sadducees despised Christ’s disciples. The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection, for it would mean the end of Roman and conquerors’ monetary assistance. The Pharisees, rebels against the Romans, hold on to the resurrection – the end of tyranny. Though the Pharisees had ulterior motives in defense of Paul, it became a blessing in disguise.
When my health problems and financial woes became harrowing, I said literally, “Unless I put my hands into his side, I would not believe.” A woman asked a guru: “Teach me to pray for joy, for pity’s sake – I’ve suffered so much that I cannot bear. To think of future grief – give me some prayer. To murmur every day.” He replied, “How many years I wondered far and wide. Until I found the fortress that you seek – It is the knee, bend it, accept, be meek; I found no other way – this remedy. And only this, will cure you of your misery.”
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