praying today's psalm: psa 133

How good and pleasant it is
When brothers live together in unity!
It is like precious oil poured on the head,
Running down on the beard,
Running down on Aaron’s beard,
Down upon the collar of his robes.
It is as if the dew of Hermon
Were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the LORD bestows his blessing,
Even life forevermore.

(Psa 133:1-3, NIV)

Lord, you desire unity among your people, but we are factious and divisive. But what is at the root of our conflicts? Someone will say it is religion itself. Unity will only come when faith is destroyed. Someone will say it is because some have and others do not. Unity will only come when possessions are nullified. You know, Father, at the heart of it is our own self-centeredness. Our only ethic is what is best for “me.” Our only objective is to take care of “me.” My only goal is to exalt “me.” Everyone else is expendable to this one vision, and everyone else seeks the same. You have shown us another way: “In humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus” (Phil 2:3-5). Forgive us, Lord, for our failure. Forgive us, Lord, for we have ignored the most fundamental doctrine of our faith. Do a work in us. For your namesake, work a miracle in your people. Amen

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