Devotional for Day 27 – 1 Sept 2013
Pastor Daesop Yoon, OPHIR (Orange Prayer House – Int’l Reach) New South Wales
Korean missionary pastor in Australia
Intention: Jesus prayed a prayer for the unity of all believers, the children of God. What should be our response to His prayer for oneness?
Scripture: 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).
Reflection: The biggest challenge 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”.
I believe the 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 close to His house. 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 forgiving their transgressions by paying the price for our sins.
Therefore Jesus’ prayer for oneness means we need to 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 in order to die with Jesus and experience a new life of unity with all God’s children.
Jesus prayed, “that they also may be one in Us.” Yes, the Father will answer this prayer and we, as believers, will become one and will be in His love and embrace.
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. Amen.
[Blogger’s Comment: As I did this devotion this morning, I kept thinking of the words and tune of the 1988 song by Maranatha Singers, “Father Make Us One“. I suggest you play the song by clicking on the link and while it plays re-read the devotion paying particular attention to how Daesop describes the beautiful oneness we can have as the family of God. This oneness comes as we recognize all that divides us, confess it, repent of it, experience His cleansing for it and begin to live a new way.
What does this unity in the family of God look like in reality? Take a look at one of Daesop’s blog entries describing one example. Watch this video clip of believers rising before dawn to walk the streets and pray together for their city in Columbia. I challenge you to join with someone else sometime today and pray together in the beauty of unity.
For those in the South Pacific, today is a special day as it is Father’s Day and the start of spring. Rev. Dr Jeffry David Camm from Toowoomba, Australia, submitted a devotion especially for this day, so I pass on his thoughts to you today.
“Today, we think of new harvests, new blossoms, new leaves, new lambs and new growth. As we start a new season of spring in the natural realm, let us ask the Lord to release a new season in the spiritual realm, so that the promises of His Word may be fulfilled in our lifetimes. Let it be a time of new growth and maturity in our spiritual lives as well, as we turn our faces back to Jesus. The cry of my heart is this, ‘Jesus be the centre of my life’. I pray that this may be the cry of your hearts today as well.”
Continue in prayer, fasting and repentance with others in the family of God, if possible.
- Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
- Pray for a billion people to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
- Pray for an end to abortion and for God to turn back the tide of death and immorality that is sweeping the nations of the world.
- Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.