Our Royal Priestly Prayer for Community (Based upon Jesus’ prayer in John 17)
“But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD…” (1 Peter 2:9)
Father, the time has come. Glorify Your child that I also may glorify You. As You have given me a new identity, and authority over the principalities and powers of darkness in Your name, let me now share the good news of Your kingdom and eternal life to as many as You bring to me, and me to them. And this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. O God, let me glorify You on the earth, running the race with endurance and finishing the work which You have given me to do. And now, O Father, bring me into Your abiding presence for the glory which You predestined me for even before the world was.
Lord Jesus, let me manifest Your name to my brothers whom You have also brought out of the world and into Your kingdom. They are Yours, You bring us together in fellowship, and together let us seek to keep Your Word. By Your Spirit, we know that all things which You have given us in Christ are from You, for You give to us the words spoken by Your Son, the Word made flesh, and we have received them, and have known surely that He came forth from You and believe that You sent Him.
I pray for Your house, O God. I do not pray for the world but for the blessing of the Ekkleesia You have bestowed unto us, for we are Yours and all that is Yours is ours, and those You bring are ours and we are glorified together in You. Now, mighty Father, through that made possible by Your Son’s sacrifice and Your Spirit’s indwelling, we are no longer of the world though we are in the world. I come to You, Holy Father, to pray you keep, through Your name, me along with all You have drawn to Yourself that we may be one in You. While we are in this world, be with us and keep us in Your name. Help us keep one another in holy community that none will be lost but hirelings and sons of perdition among us.
O precious Lord, let the Scriptures be fulfilled that none of your true children are lost. But now I come to You that the things You have given me to speak in the world will bring joy to my brothers, and let that joy be fulfilled through You in us. We have been given Your Word, and the world has hated us because we are not of its realm, just as Your Son was not of its realm. I do not pray that You should take us out of the world, for there is fruitful labor yet for us here, but that You will keep us from the evil one. Make us not of the world, just as You are not of the world. Sanctify us by Your truth, yes, Your Word is truth. As You sent Your Son into the world, so also send us out to make disciples of all nations that You may be with and in us forever. For our sake You sanctified Yourself that we also may be sanctified by the truth.
I do not pray for my brothers and me alone, but also for those who will believe in You through our witness and words, that they all may be one with us as You, Father, are in Your Son and He in You, that we all may be one in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and this so the world may believe You sent Him. And the glory which You gave Christ Jesus on earth, give also to us, that we may be one just as You and He are one: He in us and You in Him, that we may be made perfect in unity, and that the world may know that You have sent us and love us as You love Your own Son.
Father, I desire that all of us You gave to Your Son may be with Him where He is, abiding in Him and He in us, that we may behold His glory which You have given Him, for You loved Him before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but He knows You and now we know that You sent Him and have declared to us Your name, that we will declare it, and this so the love with which You love Him may be in us and He in us. Amen.