17 Sep The source of unity
How would you respond if you were told to shut up and stop sharing your opinion? In the face of adversity our knee-jerk reaction is often to complain, to rage against injustice, or to mope around in a pity party asking “Why God, why did You allow this? Why me?”
But when the disciples faced their first opposition after Pentecost, they rallied together and raised their voices in prayer (Acts 4:23). And what they prayed for is even more astounding.
Acts 4:29-30 (NIV)
Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.
They didn’t pray for their problems to go away, but for the boldness to keep on doing the right thing despite the opposition. We see here how a single-minded church is an unstoppable force.
And the results were amazing.
Acts 4:31-32 (NIV)
After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but hey shared everything they had.
Their prayer not only affected their circumstances. It also affected those who prayed. Two things happened as they prayed: they became of one heart and one soul.
We are heart beings. Your heart is the true you. The only thing that changes your heart is prayer. Often our soul, our thought-life, battles with what is going on in our hearts. Many times our biggest problems come from our hearts and souls not being aligned. Even if you mentally know something to be true, you won’t live it out if your heart is not persuaded by it. Until your heart is persuaded of a truth, your behaviour will not change. How do you bring your heart and mind into harmony? Through prayer! Prayer affects our thinking.
This is true unity. Unity first between your own heart and mind, and then unity between believers in the body of Christ. Unity doesn’t mean conformity. Unity is a laser-like focus on the same vision.
Let’s be single-mindedly focused on preaching Jesus, living out His love, and manifesting His power in healing, signs and wonders. Praying together is what will make it happen. Coming together and praying will unite our hearts and minds as believers. A praying church is a powerful church!
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