Today’s Scripture: Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. John 17:20-21

Did you know that Christ prayed for you? If you have ever believed that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose again to pay for your sin, then, according to Christ’s prayer in John 17, He prayed for you. Isn’t it a blessing to know that the Son of God considered you, prayed for you, and then, here in John, told you He prayed for you?

He prayed that you would have unity with the others that have believed. He prayed that your unity would be as strong as the unity of the Father and the Son. He also prayed that you would be in perfect unity with the Father and the Son.

Do you know why he prayed this? He prayed this so the world would believe as well! That is how crucial unity is. It is often the tipping point of whether or not someone will trust Christ. If Christians aren’t in unity, people won’t want to be part of it. However, if they see a great love for each other, and people working together to reach the lost, they will want to have what you have.

Do you have trouble being unified with another brother or sister in Christ? For the sake of the lost, you need to try and fix it. One of the most effective ways for a church to stay unified is to pray for each other. That’s why Christ prayed for you, isn’t it?

Determine today to get and stay unified as the Body of Christ, and do it by considering each other, praying for each other, and telling each other you prayed for them.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.