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May 5th, 2008

by Craig Groeschel

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Make Us One

For my One Prayer message, I will be teaching and praying for the Church, “Lord, make us one.”

Here is Jesus’ prayer from John 17:20-24

“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. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

  • We pray daily to Jesus asking Him to answer our prayers.
  • What if we became the answer to His?

Pause for a moment… Think about Christ’s Church. (By Christ’s church, I mean every living believer.) Think about the resources God has made available to us. Consider the money we control. Consider the talent, gifts, and passion of perhaps 2 billion people. Now consider the needs around the world.

What do you think God could accomplish through a unified church? What if we stopped talking about Jesus and instead displayed His love through a unified and global biblical community?

I’d sincerely love to hear what you think would be possible!

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  1. May 5, 2008 at 6:10 am

    I like that you said we could become the answer to Jesus’ prayer, rather than having Jesus answer our prayers…

    I think that is the secret to becoming “one body”…

    Jesus prayed for all of those who believed in His Message…

    So every time someone puts away their own(be it agenda, plans, accomplishments).. and takes up Jesus, they are one with Him…

    Frederick Douglas said that “one man with God is a majority”…

    Every believer in Christ becomes a part of that one when we lay it all down and take Jesus up…

    If that’s the basis of unity.. it cannot fail, because God always answers Jesus prayers… :)

  2. May 5, 2008 at 6:11 am

    I think we would see coomunities, neighborhoods, cities, states, a nations transformed. All the world sees now is bickering between believers. The world sees churches with their hands out asking for “freebies” instead of giving away. The world sees us worried selfishly about the 2nd coming instead of transforming the culture. If we were truly one we would be on our faces crying out for God to use all believers to radically change the world.

    Blessings to your leadership on this Craig.

  3. May 5, 2008 at 6:24 am

    I was reading about Warren Buffet giving $1.5 billion to Bill Gates trusting him to give it wisely. I was wondering why Warren didn’t give it to a church. Was it because he didn’t trust a church or “the” church do spend it well?
    My point is that if we individually did a better job at making the world better it would be a great step toward maximizing a unified church. That’s why I’m excited about “Make Us One” as another step for like minded missional churches to show the world that we are doing it - not just talking…

  4. May 5, 2008 at 6:28 am

    Imagine a Church that was united. Imagine a Church that was culturally, racially and generationally diverse. Imagine a Church that was committed to One purpose (His purpose) as One Church. That would be the Church that looked most like heaven describes! That would be the Church whose voice would be relevant in the larger society. That would be the Church that would speak to the hearts of the lost, the hurting and the next generation. That would be the Church Jesus said He would build. Imagine the possibilities…

  5. May 5, 2008 at 6:49 am

    a few thoughts that come to mind and hit home with me…

    we would no longer have a need for denominational lines…
    we would no longer have churches battling each other, but actually battling the enemy…and we would see him defeated!
    we would no longer need the government to meet our “needs”…

    we would see marriages restored…
    we would see sons and daughters grow up with their fathers…

  6. 7James
    May 5, 2008 at 6:56 am

    Craig,
    I say a hearty AMEN to your comments. What I do find in the Northeast is that many people will say yes to unity however the condition is that others conform to their ideology of what unity should look like or conform to their style of worship and theology. Are my comments valid or am I missing something?

  7. 8Travis
    May 5, 2008 at 6:57 am

    Maybe this is it. Maybe this is what He is waiting on –for us to unite and change our world before He returns.

  8. May 5, 2008 at 7:15 am

    My little brain cannot even comprehend the effect. I can’t even get past what would happen if pastors from the same community just started truly supporting one another, stopped criticizing one another and sincerely prayed for each other…that alone would have an staggering effect. So the church united…that’s a over the top in my mind….Jesus please bring us together!

  9. May 5, 2008 at 7:19 am

    What would happen with a completely unified church?

    We’d turn hell into a non-profit organization.

  10. May 5, 2008 at 8:30 am

    In our Bible belt community and area we would quit fighting for people as numbers (and tithe money), but see them as people with talents, energy, hearts and resources to increase God’s kingdom here and around the world.

    We would stop talking about “our church” and talk about “The Church”.

    We would be unified not because of denomination and theology, but because we proclaim God as our center and Christ our salvation.

  11. May 5, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Pardon me for stepping on toes here… I totally agree that as a church we should be unified, and that Jesus wants us to be one as well. I’m all for that. Still, I’m not sure I see the practical effect of it. Granted, there are a lot of ministries out there who are more local church minded than kingdom minded, and changing that thought process would be very valuable. I could see the impact in marketing, as well, since many together could leverage more ways of communicating the message through media, billboards, and word of mouth.
    Beyond that, though, wouldn’t life go on pretty much as it has? After all, most ministries have set up separate for a good reason - Feed the children has one worthy, biblical goal, while a church body in an urban neighborhood has another, and a local country church has another. These are separate because the communities they impact have separate needs, separate purposes, separate communities, and separate means to reach those goals, and all of these goals are christ-centered. Other than the reasons I mentioned above, how could being “one” really alter the way these hypothetical ministries what they do?

    Again, I’m not trying to diminish what we’re after, just wanting to clarify the practical implications.

  12. 13Jim
    May 5, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Multi-tasking. I see the church taking on many different roles in my different areas. Chris makes the point that many do different things because they are (my term) called to do different things. Imagine if different organizations that did do similar things did join forces. Imagine if churches that did these things on a small scale joined with those who do it on a large scale.

    In all of that I see many different areas being dramatically changed for Christ. I see One.

  13. May 5, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    The “impossible” would be possible. Also, can you imagine the impact? Not the Michael Jackson video kind sentimental gobbledy-gook but real change. Not the John Lennon “imagine” mumbo-jumbo but real outreach. As for real harmony…can that really happen outside of heaven?

  14. May 6, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Yes, Lord, may your kingdom come and will be done, ON EARTH as it is in heaven!

  15. 16Becky
    May 10, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    With God - anything is possible.

  16. Jun 15, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    This blog is just one more affirmation to me of how God is stirring through HIS Church to prepare a spotless Bride to present to Christ at His return. We are all One Body. We are coordinating a county wide revival in Lewisburg TN with this very theme. This began in January of this year and the Lord has stirred in the hearts of local congregations to unite in fellowship.

  17. Nov 18, 2008 at 11:55 am

    [...] premise for One Prayer will remain the same: what if we could be the answer to Jesus’ prayer (John 17:20-24) for his Church to become [...]

  18. Nov 19, 2008 at 1:01 am

    The only way for John 17 to be fulfilled is to come back to the way the Apostles (mainly Paul)revealed to us in the word. According to the first century believers they remained in one accord by breaking bread house to house and remaining in the apostle’s teaching. Take note that in the entire New Testament there is never more than one church in every city and only one eldership in each church. Believers need to meet in one accord not only by keeping the oneness of the Spirit but practicing the ground of oneness as the church in each city. If the apostle Paul was to attempt to send a letter to the saints today where would the letter go? To the Pope! To the Baptist Convention! To the Free groups…which one? However, if there is just the church in Oklahoma City then the apostle can send his epistle to Oklahoma City just like the apostle John did In his letter to the seven churches in Revelation. But because man does not care for oneness they care more for their own spiritual positions and success and they love their names and or picture on marques. They want their names in lights and they love money. They love the fallen self more than the cross of christ. Until we abandone our own selfish ambitions to be somebody or something it will be difficult for the Lord to get His overcomers in this age. Lord answer this prayer for the true one accord which is in the Spirit and only accomplished by the the Spirit. Lord Jesus we Love You!