Daily Dose, Journey to the Holy Spirit — April 21

"I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, 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. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me." John 17:20-23     Daily Dose: Journey to the Holy Spirit   For whom do you pray? Who prays for you? Did you know that Jesus prayed for you? Just prior to entering Jerusalem for the last time, Jesus had all of us on his mind. When he could have been overtaken with selfish thoughts, concerns and fears, his mind was on those who would believe in him and choose to follow. Notice what he prays for: unity. His desire for us is that we would be completely together. But why? “SO THAT the world may believe that you have sent me.” When people of faith are truly united, things change. The testimony and power of a unified group is undeniable, especially so when it carries with it the very power of God. Unfortunately, we have often built barriers to the unity Christ prayed for. We have established splinters and interest groups within the Body of Christ. We have allowed the small things we disagree on to distract us from the larger things that could unite us. Consider your own speech, actions, attitudes and behavior: Do you say or do things that divide, or do you look for opportunities to unify? May we be unified…so that the world may know!

Rev. Brad Greene