Sixth Day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, so that you will be a blessing
The story of the call of Abram is one of the most familiar stories of the bible. Genesis chapter 12 is all about the plans of God and in verses 1-3 God promised Abram a land, a nation, and a blessing. The promise is twofold; a land and a seed. These motifs dominate much of the rest of Genesis and the entire Pentateuch. He asked to leave the land of his ancestors and sojourn in the foreign lands. It is easy brothers and sisters to leave your comfort zone and venture into the unknown territories, but in Abram we see great faith. He was not hesitant to leave his comfort zone because he feared God. In obedience to God’s call, he was then promised a nation and blessings. Brothers and sisters what comes first in life in obedience to God’s call and blessings follow and not the other way round. Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22)
Lord Jesus, who prayed that we might all be one, we pray to you for the unity of Christians, according to your will, according to your means. May your Spirit enable us to experience the suffering caused by division, to see our sin and to hope beyond all hope. Amen.