_______ we stand!
"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. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. "Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world." John 17:20-24
I wonder why this is so difficult?? Why does it seem so hard to have unity? The middle of the passage that you read above from John 17:23 Jesus is praying that we would be brought to complete unity so that the world would know the love of God for the world (John 3:16).
Jesus tells the apostles in John 13:34 that the world will know us, will recognize us if we love one another.
So I guess I need to ask myself:
- What am I doing to be known?
- How am I showing Love?
- How am I promoting unity?
- Am I seeking God's glory or my own?
- Am I buying in to God's purpose or my own?
- That all people would be saved.
- That all people would be like Jesus.
Is that what we want? Is that our prayer?
I pray that you would stir in me the heart of your servant Jesus. To pray for and seek out the unity of all who call on your name, so that the world would know of Your purpose Lord, and that they may come to salvation and begin to be transformed. I pray that we would throw off the things of this world that weigh us down as believers and begin to seek the desires of Your heart. Stir us Lord, deep in our hearts, deep in our souls, raise up the Holy Spirit inside of us and let us realize the portion of your strength that you have given us to be the people of God. The people who have no agenda of our own, but have given ourselves to You and Your purpose for our lives. Allow us to deny ourselves and our own simple plans, and wholly and totally commit to You Lord.
I pray that our unity would come, and in coming, a revival would sweep across our churches and renewal would flow across our nation, and Your Name would be proclaimed in all languages and cultures.
I pray that you would come quickly, so we can be where You are Jesus.