Prepping 4 Sermon Day #4
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down on the collar of his robes!
It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,
The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.
My King of Kings, you would not have it that your kingdom should be divided, for how then could your kingdom stand? But you hold all things together, including the church by the word of your power! The ultimate unity of your church does not rest in our hands, but in yours, and we are privileged with the opportunity to do your work.
We are not ignorant of the Devil’s designs; we despise our pride and bitterness which cause so much self-destruction and division. Humble us, Father. Teach us to forgive one another as you forgive us. Help us devote ourselves to prayer together more often, just as the disciples did in the upper room as they waited for your Spirit. We are comforted by the prayers of Jesus and find promise of unity in his love for us. Thank you. Amen.
Excerpt From: Stranathan, Valerie. Acts Devotional Guide