make us one in him

Melanchthon, Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1537

To you, O Son of God, Lord Jesus Christ, we pray,
as you pray to the eternal Father:
    Make us one in him.
    Lighten our personal distress
        and that of society.
    Receive us into the fellowship
        of those who believe.
Turn our hearts, O Christ,
    to everlasting truth
    and healing harmony.

Philip Melancthon, 1497 – 1560, German Reformer with Martin Luther


My prayer is not for them alone.
I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,
that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.
May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

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