Yesterday, today and tomorrow we spend time at Morning Prayer with the ‘High Priestly’ prayer of Jesus at the Last Supper. This text is so-called because of our Lord’s intercession for his nascent Church. He is praying for his immediate followers, but also for those who will come to believe through their testimony. It is a prayer that lies at the heart of how we may conclude the spread of Christianity should happen. It is a prayer that assumes unity; oneness; indwelling. The challenge to those beyond the fellowship comes by reading the Godward evidence in the lives and words of those whose dedication to the one whose glory has been presented to the world from the Cross.
This prayer gives to the Church in every age a reminder that what we are and what we say are bound together, and will be taken as evidence of the depth or otherwise of our faith. Words alone, however important, challenging and needful will not bring that transformation that we know of as eternal life; life in Christ; the inevitable consequence of fully embracing the love of God.