“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.
“I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.
John 17:20-23 (NIV)
This week saw the 25th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall which had divided Germany for nearly 30 years. This paved the way for reunification of East and West into one country again.
Jesus desires that all believers are unified as a witness to the Gospel. As a married couple God sees us as something new; of two people bonded and united as one. Unresolved conflicts can divide us. Conflict is normal in relationships and what can be a great witness is the way we resolve them in a healthy way.
Is there anything that divides us as a couple at the moment?
This week talk about any issues, big or small and find a way to come together in agreement.
Prayer (as a couple):
Father God, we are sorry for…which has divided us as a couple. We ask that you help us forgive one another as Jesus has forgiven us. Please help us find agreement for a new way forward, to reconcile and rebuild trust in our marriage. In Jesus name we pray in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Prayer (for others):
Father God, we pray for … and … and ask you to help them tear down any walls that divide them. Help them to talk, forgive one another and come together again in a new way in their marriage. In Jesus name we pray in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
…make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Philippians 2:2 (NIV)