With little time left on Earth, Jesus prays that His church, His children, would be unified. This prayer was said not only for our benefit but also for His glory. In our oneness, we are a testament to the world about God’s character. We become a steady declaration of His steadfastness. This prayer and heart of Jesus comes about in a thousand different ways, but it starts in our worship. It begins with us linking arms against the enemy and lifting our praises to the only One who is deserving of our absolute dedication. But worship is more than songs and lyrics and bands. It’s the position of a heart growing ever closer to the Lord; this closeness with God will inevitably bring us closer to His people. After all, Jesus Himself declared that the defining attribute of His followers would be their love for one another (John 13:35).
We were not made to live this life of faith alone. Even God has lived for all eternity in perfect unity with Himself (God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit). Being made in His image (Genesis 1:26), we too crave relational living. Worshiping together, exposing our vulnerable hearts to the Lord as one, is the most intimate form of fellowship. Corporate worship, then, isn’t just commanded and expected of us . . . it is necessary to our spiritual health.
“Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am with them.” (Matthew 18:20 ESV)
Today in Prayer
Worship In Vain: Matthew 15:8-9
- Pray that you reflect back to God the radiance of His worth.
- Pray that you are focused more on God than on your daily tasks.
- Pray that you become passionate, completely surrender, disciple of Christ
“Christians don’t tell lies, they just go to church and sing them.” ~ A.W. Tozer