“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. John 17:20-23 (NIV)
I know that this is your prayer. I know that this is your will. What is my prayer? What is my will? It is your prayer and will that we will be brought to complete unity. Who will be brought to complete unity? Your followers, your church, will be brought to complete unity. How do you know that it is my prayer and will that my followers, the church, will be brought into complete unity? Just before you left this earth you prayed this prayer. It was obviously of utmost importance to you. You are correct. Do you know why I prayed this prayer and why unity among my followers is of utmost importance to me? I think so. Go ahead, tell me your answer. Unity among believers will be a bright and shining witness for you in the world. In the world there is disunity and divisiveness of every kind. Love and unity amongst your followers is countercultural. Love and unity amongst your followers stands out like a bright light in the darkness of this world. When unbelievers see love and unity amongst believers, they will become convinced that you are who you said you were. When unbelievers see love and unity amongst believers, they will know that your Heavenly Father sent you into the world to be its Savior and Lord. Unbelievers will be drawn to you. They will want to turn their lives over to you. They will be drawn into the love and unity that can only come from you. That is true. That is correct. That is certain.
I have a few questions for you. I’m listening. Is my prayer and my will of utmost importance to you? Now that you know my prayer and my will, how will you live your life? What will you make sure is true of you? I will make sure that I am living in unity with others. I will be on guard against thinking or speaking or acting in ways that bring disunity into your church. I will not allow myself to become divisive in your body of believers. I will make sure that my love for and my complete unity with my fellow believers serves as a bright witness in the world. That will be very good.
Lord, thank you for praying for me. Thank you for making your will so clear. I will live in unity with my fellow believers so that we can all be a bold and bright witness for you in the world. Help us all to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Amen
Key Question… How are you living in unity with fellow believers so you will be an attractive witness in the world?
Living It Out… Make sure that you are living in unity with fellow believers so you can be a bright witness for Christ in the world.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that you and your church will bear fruit for the kingdom of God as you live in unity.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how living in unity has helped you to be a bright witness for Christ.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you live in unity with your fellow believers so those in the world may come to believe in Jesus Christ.
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