Romans 8:26-39 (NIV)
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.
We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself
intercedes for us through wordless groans.
27 And he who
searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit
intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of
28 And we know
that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,
who[a] have been called according to his purpose.
29 For those God
foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his
Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
30 And those he
predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified;
those he justified, he also glorified.
31 What, then,
shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who
can be against us?
32 He who did
not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all -- how will he
not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
33 Who will bring
any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
34 Who then is
the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died -- more than
that, who was raised to life -- is at the right hand of God and
is also interceding for us.
35 Who shall separate
us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution
or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
36 As it is written:
sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be
37 No, in all
these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
38 For I am convinced
that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither
the present nor the future, nor any powers,
39 neither height
nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate
us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
John 17:20-26 (The Message)
20-23 I’m praying not only for them, But also for those
who will believe in me. Because of them and their witness about
me. The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind --
Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you, So they might be one
heart and mind with us. Then the world might believe that you, in
fact, sent me. The same glory you gave me, I gave them, So they’ll
be as unified and together as we are -- I in them and you in me.
Then they’ll be mature in this oneness, And give the godless
world evidence That you’ve sent me and loved them In the same
way you’ve loved me.
I want those you gave me To be with me, right where I am, So they
can see my glory, the splendor you gave me, Having loved me Long
before there ever was a world. Righteous Father, the world has never
known you, But I have known you, and these disciples know That you
sent me on this mission. I have made your very being known to them
-- Who you are and what you do -- And continue to make it known,
So that your love for me Might be in them Exactly as I am in them.