Praying for Harmony

Nathan Prairie

Read: Romans 12:9-21

Be constant in prayer . . . Live in harmony with one another. (vv. 12, 16)

On average, pianos require being tuned two to three times a year. For centuries, the only surefire way to tell if a piano was in tune was by using a tuning fork. Simple to make and easy to use, tuning forks guaranteed pitch-perfect accuracy. Even in antique shops today, you can find 300-year-old tuning forks producing notes just as clear and crisp as the day they were made.

For the Christian, Jesus Christ is our tuning fork. He tells us if we are out of tune, but he also sets the standard to which we are to be tuned, over and over again. Pastor and author A. W. Tozer explains this phenomenon: “Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshippers met together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become ‘unity’ conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship” (The Pursuit of God, pp. 87-88).

When was the last time you found life in harmony with Jesus and others? Harmonious living requires constant prayer. Are you in need of retuning your heart to him? —Nathan Prairie

Prayer: Dear Jesus, may we live in harmony through the tuning of our hearts to you. Amen.