Psalm 133:1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant [it is] For brethren to dwell together in unity!”
The NIV translation of this scripture reads, “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!” Don’t believe the lie that unity is impossible. Unity happens from time to time, whenever the motivation strikes a chord. Just this Wednesday, we witnessed unity demonstrated nationwide, on behalf of Truett Cathy’s pro-traditional family stance. Because of the solidarity of many believers, Chick fil A experienced a record-breaking day of sales. It was a blessed event, indeed.
Demonstrations of unity will increase in the days ahead. Grave and startling issues are now motivating the body of Christ to action. Our sad indifference over the years, has led us to a place where either we unify or lose precious key freedoms. On another note, let us pray for Chick fil A, today, as they will suffer counter-demonstrations from those who are angry about Cathy’s recent comments. Let us believe that today’s scheduled “Kiss-In” will actually bring more business and blessing to this Christian enterprise.
Help us to unify all the more in these last days. Many challenges to the cross have gone unanswered, because your people failed to unite. Today, however, we are ready to lay down petty differences, busy schedules, and fear of man, to make the stand that is required of us. Protect every Chick fil A site, and keep the employees and patrons from harm. We cancel any plan for violence and declare your peace over each of these restaurants. May any evil demonstration be turned around for Chick fil A’s good, bringing even further support and profit to the enterprise. Thank you, Father, for the blessings You grant whenever we choose to unify.
Brandon Hutzell also wrote the following contribution to today’s topic of unity.
As we pray for our nation during these 150 Days of Prayer for America, we must give due diligence to the prayer of repentance for the church. Humbling ourselves and encouraging self-examination for the purpose of turning from any “wicked way” so that the Lord may hear from heaven, and heal our land. More than ever before it is important that the body of Christ be unified in not only prayer, but in action. Working together in not only word, but in deeds as well, to overcome the challenges which lie ahead. It’s been said that nothing unites like a common enemy. We’ve seen the church experience certain attacks in the past few years that have actually caused pastors, ministers, and lay people to unite across denominational lines to present a united belief statement on issues such as abortion, marriage, and freedom of religion/speech.
There is victory for every believer; power to overcome the best the enemy has to offer. There is also victory for the united church, which lies just ahead. It is only a few hard, committed choices away. Pray today, that the American churchgoer, and every American pastor will persistently work toward uniting the body of Christ. There is unlimited power and influence available for the church if we do not limit ourselves by separating ourselves. How good, pleasant, and powerful, it is for the church to gather together as one under the blood stained banner of Jesus Christ, to pray for and serve our great nation! Let’s reap the harvest together.
I repent today for any hardness in my heart toward a brother or sister in Christ who’s views on certain topics may differ from mine. Give me wisdom to recognize false believers who are believing and preaching a false gospel. Also give me grace, humility, and patience to put aside certain petty arguments about issues that might not be as important as I’ve thought they’ve been in the grand scheme of things. My desire is to see Your body function as one, like You’ve always wanted. Let us work together to be Your heart, hands, and feet to America.