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"I am praying not only for these disciples, but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as You and I are one, as You are in Me Father, and I am in You. And may they be in us, so that the world will believe that You sent Me." John 17:20-21

I recently attended the funeral of the disabled child of two old friends and the closeness of those in attendance (from many different churches, countries and races), the unity in grief, but also in celebration, inspired me with this simple but powerful truth.

We often call Matthew 6 “the Lord’s Prayer” but it is actually the disciple’s prayer. John Chapter 17, known as “the High Priestly Prayer”, is so powerful because we get to see and hear the Lord Jesus himself at prayer. He prays for Himself (verses 1 to 5); He prays for His Disciples (verses 6 to 19); and finally, He prays for future believers (verses 20 to 26). I would like to focus on the beginning of the prayer for those future believers a prayer that is in essence for us. 

Isn't it wonderful to realise that The Lord Jesus was thinking of us personally? Knowing that He prayed for us should give us such confidence as we work in and for His Kingdom. The Lord's great desire for His Disciples, then and now, is that we would become 'one', unified in effort, in purpose and as a powerful witness.

We need to ask ourselves, in what ways am I helping to unify the body of Christ, the church.

The call is to unity, to pray for our fellow Christians, avoid gossip, but rather, to build others up, to work together in humility, offering up our time, our treasure and our talents (and gifts), to this, the greatest of all causes.

Pray today:

  • That we'd exalt Christ, and refuse to be distracted by the temptations or the issues of this world, or get side-tracked by argument over petty matters. That we'd never compete, compare or complain as we strive together for His Kingdom and for His glory.
  • Repent of any attitudes today’s devotion has highlighted and pray specifically for unity in the church not based on just agreeing but by preferring others.
- Gordon Buist
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