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Mar 31, 2015

Praying for Unity – Family Activity and Devotional

Take a few minutes at breakfast, dinner or bedtime to focus the family on one of the key events from the final week of Jesus’ earthly ministry.

OVERVIEW

Jesus actually prayed for those of us who would believe in Him in the future. He asked His father to help us show unity by loving each other.

READ

John 17:20–23

I’m not praying only for them but also for those who believe in me because of their word. I pray they will be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. I pray that they also will be in us, so that the world will believe that you sent me. I’ve given them the glory that you gave me so that they can be one just as we are one. I’m in them and you are in me so that they will be made perfectly one. Then the world will know that you sent me and that you have loved them just as you loved me. (John 17:20–23 CEB)

ACTIVITY

Have each member of your family put the tips of both of their index fingers under the hula hoop (one finger tip if group is large). Lower the hoop to the floor without anyone’s finger tip breaking contact. All finger tips MUST be in contact with the hoop at all times. If anyone’s finger tip breaks contact, start over.

Hula Hoop Finger Lift

All you will need for this family activity is a hula hoop.

DISCUSS

What did it take to lower the hula hoop to the floor together without anyone breaking contact? (Possible answers: everyone working together, communication, listening, focusing on others, being unselfish, loving each other)
How can your family show love to each other in a way that pictures God’s love?
What does showing unity through love teach others about the nature of God?
(Couples: Read Ephesians 5:31–33 to reinforce how marriage is intended to be a picture of the relationship between Christ and His bride, the Church.)

PRAY

“Lord Jesus, help our family to reflect the kind of selfless love you prayed for us. May the world believe in you because of the love they see in us. Amen.”

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