“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you 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. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
“Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” – John 17:20-26
Our Lord prayed for His believers to be as ONE. He wants us to be united as He and His Father in Heaven are ONE. It’s no secret that America is more divisive now than it’s ever been. If you can imagine a way to divide us – we’re divided. Age, race, weight, height, religion, and on and on it goes. God’s not pleased and Christians should lead the way in healing the scars. The healing begins with prayer and studying God’s Word.
Read your Bible and pray. That’s what it takes to be a true Christian. – Harold McKay
My friend Harold also told me another “secret” to success as a Christian. He said as long as you’re sincerely praying for someone, there’s no way you can hate or even dislike them. In life, if we could just learn to pray for those who irk us in life instead of fighting back – it’d be wonderful.
Of all the famous quotes from Dr. King, this is my favorite:
In this world, we are “beholden” to one another. We’re fools if we think we’re not.
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive, is also devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
I vote for LOVE and FORGIVENESS as a Christian nation in 2017! May we strive for unity in America this year. Let’s make God smile. 🙂