UT UNUM SINT (THAT ALL MAY BE ONE)
Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter
Scriptural Readings: Acts 22:30; 23:6-11; Psalms 16:1-2a+5, 7-8, 9-10, 11; John 17:20-26
My dear encountered couples:
Jesus prayed for unity. “That all may be one, Father,” was the prayer he prayed. We pray for unity too. For oneness with God not only of Christians, but for all the people of the world. But I’m afraid many get discouraged and tend to drop their prayers for unity. Or at least put them far down on their list of importance.
Wouldn’t it be just one big wonderful world if everybody were of one mind and one heart? Jesus must have thought so. That’s what he gave his life for, and that’s the prayer he uttered.
We have been told that if we pray in the name of Jesus, we will get what we pray for. It seems Jesus has difficulty in obtaining what he prays for in his own name. It’s been two thousand years now and unity seems far in the offing, if not a complete pipe dream. One thing we must remember when we pray for things that pertain to other people. God gave them all free will, and he will not take it away, even if it means not getting his will done exactly as he prefers.
Jesus knew unity wasn’t going to happen overnight. He knew there would be many who would delay it happening. Yet he prayed, and you can be sure he’s still praying and doing his utmost to bring it about, while respecting and honoring everyone’s free will. We must never give up praying for Christian unity and mankind unity in Christ. It pleases God when we pray for his Son’s intentions.
“I do not pray for my disciples alone,” said Jesus to his Father, “but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that all may be one as you, Father, are in me, and I in you. I pray that they all may be one in us.”
Pray along with Christ.