To everyone @themetchurch, thank you for who you are throughout Houston. Today, we kicked off a series on prayer with an emphasis on unity in prayer and as a church.
1 John 5:14-15 says, ‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. (15) And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.’ (NIV)
God moves on our behalf when we ask for things that are in alignment with his will.
So, what’s God’s will? One of the many things that are God’s will is the very thing Jesus prayed for in John 17.
John 17:11 ‘I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.’ – Jesus
John 17:20-23 ‘My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, (21) 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. (22) I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— (23) I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.’
What’s God’s will? That followers of Jesus be in unity. Why?
UNITY GLORIFIES GOD AND UNLEASHES THE POTENTIAL OF THE CHURCH.
What do we unite around? Many things, but here is a couple:
We unite around Christ – who he is, the teachings of Scripture, the mission he’s given us.
We unite around the future, not the past. Churches can get stuck looking in the past; the glory days, the ways things were.
We honor our history, but we’re going after our destiny. Where we’ve been has shaped who we are but where we’re going may require that we be who we’ve never been.
When God brings us (or a church) into a new season, turning the page isn’t enough. Closing the book on the past can be what’s necessary to step into a new season.
Let’s @dosomethingsimple and integrate this into our prayers as…
- We pray in unity, for unity.
- We pray for God’s blessing; the unleashing of our potential as a church.
- We pray for THE WIN! You had to be there to know what I mean by this one.
Psalm 133:1 ‘How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!’