In his high priestly prayer in the Upper Room before his Passion, Jesus prayed for his disciples and those who would believe on him through their word. He prayed to the Father that those who believe might all be one, just as the Father was in him and he in the Father. He prayed that the believing might be with him and the Father in order that the world may believe that the Father had sent him. Before his suffering and death, with his redeemed on his heart, our Lord prayed that we might experience unity with himself and the Father, and with one another, that the world might come to know his love.
Christ prayed for the unity of his followers, and for all who would believe through Gospel. As the royal priesthood, our unity is an important display of God’s own character. In Christ, the Holy Spirit unites us as a body. In our love for one another we show the love of God himself.
Unite us Lord, for your name’s sake. Show us how to love and serve one another, lead us to repent of our hatred and division, and glorify your own name in the world.
Weekly Reflection on the Priesthood of all Believers
What the love of God was and did through Christ when he was among men, it will also be and do through Christians when they are among men. The life of God must act if it is in us, and it must act according to its nature.
~ Roy J. Fish and J. E. Conant, Every Member Evangelism for Today.
Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 1976. p. 43.
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