Psalm 133 (ESV) Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity!
2 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!
3 It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,
1 Corinthians 1:10 (ESV) I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.
Ephesians 4:1 (ESV) I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
DEVOTIONAL FOR ADULTS
Today you will fast and pray about the Kingdom, or more specifically, citizenship in the Kingdom of God. When you recognize yourself as a citizen of heaven, you are bound together with the other citizens of heaven. You can use the metaphor of one Family, one Body, one Kingdom, or anything else, but you are part of a whole along with so many others.
Right now you may be saying, “I get it! I understand it!” Perhaps you do, but somewhere along the way the splinters and the division and the walls developed, even among those who call themselves followers of Christ. And though it starts with you, and though you might completely understand the matter at hand, it is not enough for you alone to “get it.”
And so today you are fasting and praying for the Church to continue to tear down the walls that divide us. Today you are fasting and praying for the goodness and pleasantness of unity to replace the ugliness of hatred, and perhaps the worse crime of indifference.
Pray for your local church and other local churches to lead the way toward unity.
DEVOTIONAL FOR YOUTH
In high school/middle school, it can feel really difficult to fit in, let alone feel like you are unified with other people your age. However, God’s plan for believers is unity. When we are unified we are more powerful to accomplish all that He has for us because we are all working together for the same goals. Unity is also powerful because it allows us to encourage one another and see that there are others just like us fighting and working together. Being a part of a youth group helps with unity because it allows us to see that there are other students our age that are seeking and serving the Lord. When we see this and experience being part of a larger group that follows and seeks the Lord, it makes it easier to stay encouraged and committed to Christ. Ask the Lord to help you grow in unity with other believers that you know from youth group or school. Take it one step further today and ask God to show you people that you can befriend, invite, and include. True unity comes when we walk side by side with people that are different from us. Even though we may not always agree on everything, we all agree on the love and saving power of Jesus Christ!
DEVOTIONAL FOR CHILDREN
Hey Kids! Psalm 133:1 says: “How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along”. This is not only talking about your brothers and sisters in your family, but about all humans-everywhere! The Bible makes it very clear that all people should live in unity. That means to get along, not argue, but to live at peace with each other. Say the word PEACE out loud: “Peace”. How is it possible to live at peace when everyone wants their own way? Because you are God’s child, the Bible says in Ephesians 4:3, you should “Let peace hold you together.” A child of the Most High God is a citizen of heaven! Being a citizen of heaven with so many other incredible people who love God is an honor and will help encourage you to replace goodness for hatred. Let’s live on this earth in unity like we are a citizen of heaven!