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Thursday 1.21 | The Global Church


I AM IN THEM AND YOU ARE IN ME. MAY THEY EXPERIENCE SUCH PERFECT UNITY THAT THE WORLD WILL KNOW THAT YOU SENT ME AND THAT YOU LOVE THEM AS MUCH AS YOU LOVE ME.’” – JOHN 17:23


Today, we are turning our attention toward the church at large which extends around the world. We should be encouraged by the growth of the community of believers, but we should also lift them up in prayer. For our love for one another as the church of Jesus is an example to the world of how much He loves. Here are some specific focuses we can have as we pray for the church:


Pray for unity:
A key prayer that Jesus prayed for the Church and all the believers before He ascended was that we as a church “would all be one.” Unity pleases God (Psalm 133:1). So we must pray for unity in the local church and the Church world wide. We should pray against division in the church or between churches (1 Corinthians 1:10), and we should pray that there would be great celebration, honor, patience, and forgiveness in our differences (Eph 4:11-13, Col 3:13- 14).

Pray for endurance:
More than asking God to deliver the Church from persecution and hardship, we need to pray for the endurance and purity of the Church in the trials.

Pray for boldness:
Pray for boldness as the Church proclaims the good news of Jesus, that it would fearlessly stand firm in the face of persecution, and that people and communities would speak boldly, as Paul says in Ephesians 3:19-20.


Pray for peace:
The Hebrew word for peace is “shalom.” Shalom is not just an emotional state of peace, but a wholeness of our entire being. Pray for wholeness – physical, spiritual and emotional peace for the Church world wide! Jesus is the Prince of Peace. 3 John 1:2 says, “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.”


PRAYER

Set aside 15 minutes to pray today.

Holy Spirit, please teach us how to pray for the Church. We ask for fresh peace, faithfulness, grace and unity for the local churches and the Church worldwide.

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Wednesday 1.20 | Nation


“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”
1 Timothy 2:1-2


We are not of the World, followers of Jesus, but we were most certainly sent into it (John 17:14-19). When we are sent, our work as lights in the darkness is in many ways easier when we can live peaceful lives. So, we are called to pray for all people. This includes those in authority.

Notice these four words Paul uses: petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving. Together they suggest two postures in our prayers for authority. First, when we do go to God for his help, we are to make our requests with child-like confidence and devotion to him. Second, when we go to God for his help, we are to go with gratitude in our hearts. So go to God with a grateful heart full of love for him, believing he will hear and answer your prayers for our leaders.


PRAY
Set aside 15 minutes to pray today. Below are some suggestions…

  • Pray that President Biden’s administration and the new Congress includes leaders who listen to wise counsel that results in God’s righteousness and peace to be part of our nation
  • Pray that today would be a non-violent transition of power for the United States
  • Pray that God would show us if there are ways that we should contribute to righteousness and peace in the United States
  • Spend the last 5 minutes of your time reading, reflecting on, and talking to God about Psalm 33:12-2
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Tuesday 1.19 | Unity


I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. M ake every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Ephesians 4:1-6


There is only one church. Jesus died on the cross to tear down all dividing walls of hostility and create in himself one new humanity. Unfortunately, in America, the church has allowed the walls of hostility that define our broken world, whether political, racial, tribalistic, etc, to invade and rob the church of its unity.


Ultimately, the greatest witness to the world is the visible unity of the church. When the church is unified, the demonic powers and principalities in the spiritual realm know that their days of running the show are numbered. But unfortunately, in this moment, the church is sorely divided in many ways. The Lord’s heart is grieved by our disunity, and the watching world is not impressed.


PRAY
Set aside 15 minutes to pray today.
Ask God to humble us, and to tear down the dividing walls of hostility within the church.
Pray against toxic tribalism, political division, racism, pride, arrogance, and their ilk – in the name of Jesus, claiming the power of Jesus’ blood, shed to unite his people.

Repent for any ways you have dehumanized, dismissed or shown contempt for those in the family of faith who are different from you or see things differently from you.


Whoever loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no cause of stumbling in him. But whoever hates his brother i s i n t he darkness and walks in the darkness. He does not know where he is going, because the darkness h as blinded his eyes. – 1 John 2:10-11


Pray for all those in the Church who have been blinded by the darkness of the world and have thereby succumbed to hate any of their brothers or sisters in the Lord for any reason.


Consider closing with this prayer:


O God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, our only Savior,
the Prince of Peace: Give us grace seriously to lay to heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions; take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatever else may hinder us from godly union and concord; that, as there is but one Body and one Spirit, one hope of our calling, one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of us all, so we may be all of one heart and of one soul, united in one holy bond of truth and peace, of faith and charity, and may with one mind and one mouth glorify you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.