“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 You have sent Me.”
Have you ever been praying for something for a long time then hear good news that what you prayed for has finally come to fruition? A lost friend? A new job? Healing? Incredibly our prayers never fall on deaf ears. It may be instantaneous or take a while but God honours persistent prayers. None more so, than His own Son’s prayer found in John 17 (we are fruit of His prayer)!
Jesus’ number one desire was that all believers may be united in Him, thus bringing glory to the Father. See in perfect unity, the enemy looses every time; We may get knocked down but by the power of unity, we can lift each other back up again. Perfect unity doesn’t distinguish between colour, denomination, or creed. Perfect unity says ‘yes we are different’ but in the same family. We are brothers and sisters, with God being our Heavenly Father.
Moreover, the power of believers united in prayer, in the most powerful tool we have been equipped with as believers. Many of the great revivals in the past have been started from a people, set out in unity to pray for the lost and peace on earth. With the current scenes that steal our newspapers front pages and those that don’t even make it to the papers, let us even more so, unite in prayer for this lost world, not just as ‘Christians’ but as brothers and sisters. The possibilities of change in this world are endless, if we would just be willing to join together in prayer and unity, interceding for our nations with hearts burdened for the lost, marginalised, en-slaved and mistreated. Let us fulfil Jesus’ prayer…. “I pray that they will all be one, just as You and I are One”! Let us unite in prayer.