In next few weeks we are going to be spending some time looking at prayer through the Word of God. I also want to take this opportunity to invite you to join us on Sunday mornings at 8 am in the Fellowship Hall for a time of prayer and praising God. It is a great place to put into practice what we will be discussing these next few weeks.
Jesus is the greatest teacher on the subject of prayer. Following His examples will lead to a vibrant prayer life and strengthen your faith. In the seventeenth chapter of the book of John, Jesus prays for all believers. He prays for unity between all believers to be as strong a bond as His unity to the Father is. In this prayer He professes to have given us His glory and His love. He set before us an example of how we should approach prayer.
20 “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.
- John 17:20-23
In your next pray time with God, pray for all believers that they may be one with the Father as you are one with the Father. Thank God for His bond with you. Use this time to confess and ask for forgiveness if you have been holding on to unforgiveness. Forgive anyone you who has hurt or offended you. Ask God to help you to be in unity with other members of the Body of Christ. Put your faith in Jesus to practice and always strive to be a champion of unity.
In the book of Hebrews, we are given further instructions on what we should be prepared to do when we gather together as a body of believers:
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
- Hebrews 10:24-25
Never stop meeting with other believers and when you do, make sure you do so with the expectation and desire to encourage others towards love and good deeds. Pray for opportunities to engage other believers and step out boldly with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
Thank you for praying for me and for making a way for me to approach the Father. I pray for other believers to have the same unity and bond that You have with me. Holy Spirit I ask that You reveal in me any unforgiveness that needs to be confessed and released. I forgive anyone who has hurt or offended me. Please give me opportunities to bond with others in the body of Christ and empower me to encourage them towards love and good deeds. AMEN.
Your servant in Christ,