Key Verse: I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. —John 17:20–21
Isn’t it comforting to know that Jesus prayed for us? In His last intercessory prayer to the Father on earth, Jesus prayed that His disciples—and those yet to come—would be united. Unity is crucial for the advancement of the Gospel in our communities and our world.
From the beginning of time, the Trinity has provided us an example of unity in diversity, yet Jesus was well aware of our natural human tendency towards division and individualism. Unity is a key ingredient in effective ministry. Resources (human and financial) can be pooled together to reach those who have not yet heard with great compassion and generosity. Together we can care for the poor, combat human trafficking, and care for the orphans. Our presence in the world will be of greater impact.
Yes, the church across the street, the church in Canada, and the church in Nicaragua are different than ours, but by working together, honoring each other, and respecting individual styles, we can bring people closer to Jesus and to an understanding of His message. By this, Jesus says, “the world may know” and we will be blessed if we keep unity as a priority in our lives.
Today as you drive around and pass by local churches, pray to the Father for those brothers and sisters and pray for their engagement in our community and in the world.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for our friends and allies in other churches. Please bring unity to Your Body and teach us to work together in Your Name.