I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.
Reflection: Making Him Known :: A Guided Prayer
By John Tillman
Making Christ known is the essence of Epiphany. When Christ’s identity is made known to the nations, our identity is made known as strangers and aliens in the world.
Today we read and pray through Christ’s prayer from John 17. May all the words of his prayer for us be fulfilled in his name.
Prayer for Unity and Love
We thank you, Lord, for your Advent.
We thank you for coming to us.
We thank you for your gift of life and joy.
You granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life…Now this is eternal life: that they know you…and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. — John 17.2-3
To know you, Lord, is eternal life.
May we be one, as you prayed, so that the world may know you.
I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. — John 17.13
We need your joy in all circumstances.
For we are hated by the world because of your word.
I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. — John 17.13-14
May your prayer for us be fulfilled, Jesus.
I pray for those who will believe…that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you…I will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them. — John 17.20-26
Through your Word we know you.
Through knowing you…
You put your glory in us.
You send your love through us.
You work your power in us.
And we can be one with you, one with the Father, and one with each other.
Father for the sake of your Name and the salvation of the nations…
Glorify your Son, Jesus Christ, through us no matter what we may suffer…
Show the world your love through us, no matter what it may cost us…
And help us make you known, no matter how much the world will hate us.
May your prayer for us, be fulfilled, Lord Jesus.
We pray in your Name…
On the second day of Christmas, Christians across the world celebrate the life of Saint John, referred to in scripture as, “the beloved disciple.”
Prayer: A Reading
This disciple is the one who vouches for these things and had written them down, and we know that his testimony is true. There was much else that Jesus did; if it were written down in detail, I do not suppose the world itself would hold all the books that would be written. — John 21:24-25
– Prayer from The Divine Hours: Prayers for Autumn and Wintertime by Phyllis Tickle.
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