DAY 16: Tuesday, April 28
City of Churches
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:20-21
About two years ago, leaders from across the city of Fort Wayne began meeting together. The agenda was simple: gather and pray for our city. An understanding of common identity took root during these times spent together. A realization grew out of that root—that we could run much farther and accomplish much more together.
The night that Jesus was betrayed, everything changed for the disciples. Fear crept in, anxiety was high, and the disciples shut themselves in a room, unsure of what to do next. Jesus knew what was coming, and he knew that unity among the disciples was crucial for the future of the Church. He brought his prayer before God, that the disciples would believe, unite, and lead future generations to his love.
The great news is that Jesus included us in his prayer. He knew what was coming for the disciples, and he is not surprised at where we are now. Unity among his followers continues to be as important as ever for our city of churches, shining God’s light in this time of darkness for both fellow and future believers.
Heavenly Father, thank you for being with us in this time. Thank you for your living and active Word that continues to provide hope, guidance, and life to us. Please help us continue, as representatives of the Church specifically here in Fort Wayne, to shine as one bright light. May our words unite, not divide, pointing our community to you. Give our leaders humility and help them lead with confidence where you direct them. Please give us wisdom in how each of us can continue to reach those who don’t know you. Amen.
- Listen to Make Us One by Chris Quilala
- “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Martin Luther King Jr.
By Isaac Norris
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