Unity is a gift, and it comes from God.
We are in dire need of unity today…in our marriages and families, our communities, our churches and our nation. In scripture we learn how God blessed His people with unity.
Hezekiah sought God’s guidance and blessing. And God blessed: “Also in Judah the hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind to carry out what was ordered… following the Word of the Lord.”
Paul also wrote about the unity of believers: “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
So I believe unity needs to start with us, believers, asking for and being willing to seek it in our relationships – first, with each other.
Heavenly Father, I ask for unity in our church. As we make decisions about our future, our finances, our lives of serving and ministering together, give us agreement in these areas. Help us see our circumstances from Your perspective. And regardless of what the world would say, give us Your wisdom. Remind us to put our faith not in numbers or schedules or the plans of men, but in You.
In our church, many plans can be prayerfully considered, but only Your plan counts. And only You can bring it to pass. Father, honor the desire of our church to bring Your kingdom into our community. Show us how to most effectively do that.
Help us make all who come feel welcome and make a place for them to learn and grow and use their God given gifts and talents in our fellowship.
Lord God, I ask for unity of Your believers. So many things divide us. Even as one body, we are many people with many opinions. We are overcome with the world. We fight each other over things that are disputable until the world sees an inconsistent, arguing, critical body that they want to avoid at all costs; instead of being drawn into Your love and Your care for them.
You give us endurance and encouragement in Your Word. Let us draw on Your Word’s truth to live our lives.
“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Father, bring us this hope. Bring it into our relationships, our families, our church, our nation.
Remind us to make time to read the Scriptures so we might receive this encouragement. Let us learn so we will have the endurance we need. Give us patience and humility so we can be used by You.
And as we live and work and serve together, we can be a model for others. It will take work. And we need God’s help. Through Him we can have the encouragement, the endurance, and hope for our future.