During the time that Jesus was experiencing the night before his crucifixion, He prayed for us, His church. It was so important to our Savior, that he spent a great deal of time praying for HIS followers. He knew he would not be with them much longer and His work with them was done. He began praying that they would be allowed to enjoy the fruits of a life filled with fellowship and community. There is nothing like a body of believers on a mission together to not only reach those within their environment, but also to enjoy the fruit and blessing of this mission.
In his book The Pursuit of God, author A.W. Tozer wrote the following:
“Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers [meeting] together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be, were they to become ‘unity’ conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.”May we enter each day into a covenant with one another and with God so that we grow together and bring others closer. Reaching out is a great first step. In fact, just picking someone in your congregation and saying a prayer for them daily can open up the floodgates. Can you imagine if each person in the congregation picked one person to pray for daily for a month? Just praying for God’s blessing on their lives can be a huge game-changer. Maybe this challenge intrigues you. If so, pick a person in our church and pray daily for them. You don’t have to tell them you’re doing this and it doesn’t have to be a long, elaborate prayer. It will make a difference, I guarantee you. Let’s see what we can do with one another in unity so we can move forward and reach even more. Don’t get greedy with God’s love and peace. We want to share it and a quick prayer for another believer can make all the difference.
“I pray not only for these followers but also for those who will believe in me because of their teaching. Father, I pray that all who believe in me can be one. You are in me and I am in you. I pray that they can also be one in us. Then the world will believe that you sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me. I gave them this glory so that they can be one, just as you and I are one. I will be in them, and you will be in me. So they will be completely one. Then the world will know that you sent me and that you loved them just as you loved me. John 17:20-23 ERV