Being United

The current climate of our culture is like Death Valley. Dry, parched, blistering, little hope for life, little hope for a future, you get the point. The extreme heat is exhausting. As if we don't have enough on our plates with everyday life: parenting, marriage, chores, work, add in the upcoming election, and all that goes with it. I lamented the opportunity to fill out my ballot this week. If that sentence sounds off...well it should.

The worst part of it all? The disunity. And not just within political parties. Huge chasms are growing within communities, friendships, families, and even some marriages. When we defend a party, person, or idea at the expense of a relationship, the devil is delighted. He revels in the disjointedness. Honestly, I'm not in the business of doing what the devil wants.

I admit I get overwhelmed with it all, which leads to apathy. It is easy to fall into bad habits too. I find myself complaining, backbiting, or even silently resenting others. This isn't what I was created for. Thankfully, I woke up this morning with a verse to reset my focus:

20 "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 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. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 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. - John 17:20-23

The enemy wants division. Jesus desires unity. Guess what? Only One has the final authority. Rather than standing on one side of the divide pointing fingers, we have a greater responsibility to pray.

We have to pray if we want things to change. Pray for protection over our relationships. Pray for God to heal our land. Prayer may not change the circumstances just yet, but it does change hearts. Being united with Jesus through prayer allows us to be filled with compassion, hope, and love for others that we cannot fabricate ourselves.

When we center our lives around the One who gave us life, He stops chasms from growing too big and gives us the tools to build bridges across them.

  1. Pray for your heart to be centered on Kingdom things. Beginning within is the first step to making an outward impact. If the issue you are battling promotes only the things of the world, then set it down at the cross.
  2. Pray for unity within your marriage. God gave us a wonderful way to practice being united with another. It's a choice to love your spouse. Putting another person's needs before your own cultivates unity.
  3. Pray for leaders to be fully submitted to the Lord. This means presidents, senators, governors, pastors, CEOs, CFOs, principals, teachers, etc. Can you imagine what our country might look like if we had a leader who truly loved Jesus and only made decisions after seeking His face in prayer??? It would be something quite Holy to behold.


JL McCarthy

October 20, 2020