Devotional for Day 26 – September 26, 2013
Adapted from a devotion by Pastor Daesop Yoon, OPHIR (Orange Prayer House – Int’l Reach) New South Wales / Korean missionary pastor in Australia
Jesus prayed a prayer for the unity of all believers, the children of God. What should be our response to His prayer for oneness?
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” (John 17:20-21 NKJV)
One of the biggest challenges for the Church today is how we might become one united family under one God, just as our God is an undivided Body of the Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ prayer in John 17 indicates that He desires that all believers on earth be included in the beautiful oneness of the family of God, their heavenly Father. The Bible describes the beauty of the unity of a family in Psalm 133:1, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity”.
One reason why Jesus was lifted up on the cross was to gather all His children together under the grace of the Father God. It is the declaration that God Himself has completely removed all the barriers that prevent God’s children from coming together. The biggest barrier was sin and guilt. This then caused barriers like brokenness in human relationships; divisions and hatred among God’s people caused by their sins and unforgiveness toward one another. The cross is the declaration by God Himself that He has accepted all His children by paying the price for our sins and by forgiving all our transgressions.
Therefore Jesus’ prayer for oneness means we need to love and accept one another as we come into the Father’s house. Jesus has done His part of the oneness prayer by giving up His own life on the cross. Now it’s our turn to do our part. That is to nail our pride, our ego, our own agendas, our hurts and wounds on the cross and be crucified with Jesus and walk in a new life of unity with all of God’s children. His love is the perfect bond of this unity. (Colossians 3:14)
Jesus prayed, “that they also may be one in Us.” Yes, the Father will answer this prayer and we, as believers, can become one and be in His love and embrace.
Pray this Prayer:
Father, we thank You that You have forgiven all our sins by allowing Jesus Christ to die on the cross. We believe Jesus paid the price for our sins against You, which was too big for us to pay with anything we have. And yet, we see the little debts of our brothers and sisters and find it difficult to forgive. We see the little differences of our brothers’ opinions of the interpretation of Bible verses and stand apart from each other. Therefore, we are divided and do not experience the power and beauty of the oneness of the God’s family. Father, we repent and turn to You and Your heart of grace and love. Help us in our weakness. We are poor in heart. Come and help us with your Holy Spirit. Bond us together by Your love. Amen.