Consider the revered Christian writer Michael Phillips:
“What do you think, Corrie?” she asked. “Do you think Jesus could pray for something his Father didn’t want to do for him?”
“I don’t suppose,” I answered. “For him to pray in opposition to God’s will would be…I don’t know, it just doesn’t seem like it could even be, could it?”
“I don’t think so,” Sister Janette said. “I can’t imagine Jesus praying in opposition to God’s will. That would put a dividing line straight between the Father and the Son, and I simply don’t think that is possible.
“[T]here’s one important prayer that hasn’t been answered yet – but not because it wasn’t prayed according to the will of the Father. Jesus prayed it because his Father wants to do it, but it just hasn’t taken place yet.”**
Surely we can guess what prayer Phillips is referring to?
That’s right, Jesus’ prayer for unity in John 17.
When God wants to act, He often fills more than one heart with the same message, and when those receivers find each other, great things happen.
Streamside is about adopted children with identical DNA finding each other!
** From Land of the Brave and the Free, by Michael Phillips, 1993, pp. 222-223