Last week, we examined praying for the forgiveness of sin: looking at how Christ came to forgive us and how that translates to our forgiveness of others. This week, we continue our prayer journey by looking at the bigger scope of the body of Christ.
Praying for Unity in the Body of Christ
In John 17, Jesus constantly prays for the unity of the church. He states: “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 17:21)
Too often the Christian church has divided and split over non essential truths. There are many Christians who will have nothing to do with other believers simply because they belong to another denomination. How this must grieve the heart of God! In fact, our divisiveness may cause some people to reject the gospel of Christ. Jesus prayed that as the world saw unity amongst his followers they would realize that this truly is the work of God, for only God can bring together people who are self centred, divisive and critical, into one caring and supportive family.
1) Read Ephesians 4:1-6
2) Memorize Ephesians 4:3
3) Write or call someone who attends a different church or denomination. Tell them you are praying for them today. Find some way to bring encouragement to them.
4) Include other congregations in your daily prayer. Especially pray for the pastors and leaders that they will be affirmed in their ministry and leadership.