United in Prayer
When an army of people work together to accomplish a goal, it becomes a formidable force indeed.
by Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick with Travis Agnew
AN INTERESTING PASSAGE in Genesis 11 describes the construction of the tower of Babel. In this biblical account, ungodly people decided to build a city with an enormous tower for their own glory and prestige. They planned it out and began the challenge, and at first found success in their efforts. But God looked down from heaven and basically said, “Because of their unity, nothing will be impossible for them” (see v. 6). So He intervened. God divided them by changing their communication into numerous languages to prevent them from finishing their prideful monument. In the confusion and chaos, they abandoned the project and separated themselves by language, spreading out across the land.
What is so striking about this passage of Scripture is that God Himself noted that when people are unified, they’re able to exert tremendous power and momentum. Even ungodly people! So imagine how powerful unity can be for people who worship and obey the God of the universe. If they seek the Lord and act in unity, nothing can stop them.
That’s why the Enemy does everything possible to keep God’s people divided. Because once we come together in unity, we gain momentum and take ground for the kingdom. United prayer is powerful. But prayer from a divided people… well, not so much. This is why removing bitterness toward others and choosing to forgive is so crucial. In fact, any pride or selfishness should be seen as an enemy of unified prayer.
In John 17, Jesus prayed a beautiful prayer, asking God to unify believers into one body, that the world would know He was sent by God to bring salvation to the world (v. 21). Psalm 133:1 echoes the same theme: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!” (AMP).
God loves and blesses unity. It speaks volumes about the body of Christ when we worship together and love one another as God intended. It also draws attention to our Savior, who died to cleanse our sins and now lives to intercede for us to God the Father. When people see unity, they see purpose, love, and power. It’s attractive and beautiful. And when an army of people work together to accomplish a goal, it becomes a formidable force indeed.
John 13:34-35 says: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (NASB).
Jesus’ words here are clear, and the model Jesus gave us through His life and ministry makes it even more clear — we’re to love our neighbor. And our neighbor is anyone and everyone who is a part of our lives.
So, before we can tackle this concept of prayer in a serious way, we need to not only evaluate our relationship with God, but also our relationship with others. •
Excerpt taken from Session 2, Day 5 of The Battle Plan for Prayer Bible Study by Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick with Travis Agnew. Available at lifeway.com.
This article originally appeared in HomeLife magazine (January 2017). For more articles like this, subscribe to HomeLife.