"And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me."

(John 17:22-23, NKJ)

In 1908, a specific time for prayer was set aside for churches choosing to participate to celebrate a week of prayer focused on Christian unity. Now, 104 years later, we still are presented with the privilege to pray together on a worldwide scale to honor God by praying for the church to come together in the love of God, and lift his name throughout the nations of the earth.

The Biblical text for this year's time of prayer is, "With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the High God? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, Ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?" (Micah 6:6-8, NKJ)

As president of Ellis County Ministerial Alliance, I am encouraging all ministries in our county to take time Sunday during their time of worship to pray a common prayer being sent to each of them. Praying "together" is a powerful demonstration of the love of God being lifted up and helps our church communities -- both local and worldwide -- to walk in unity as we give God first place in our lives together.

May we become one as we pray as one.

Wes Oakley is pastor of Westview Church in Hays and president of the Ellis County Ministerial Alliance.