You have many items on your prayer list I’m sure, but can I challenge you to add one more ongoing item when you go to the Lord each day?
It’s this: Pray for unity to be maintained in your church.
Satan absolutely loves to break the unity of the body of Christ. It wrecks lives and distracts the church from what it must be focused on: The Great Commission. That’s why Paul makes this urgent request of the church:
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Eph. 4:1-3)
We all know we’ve been called to live like Jesus in humility, gentleness, patience, and loving one another, but many in the church have lost the eagerness “to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Paul’s encouragement here is that we play a proactive part in maintaining unity.
Take some time and pray for the overall unity of The Church. Then take some time praying for you and your home church. Pray this direction:
that God would guard the unity of your church’s leadership, that church family members would believe the best about one another, pray against gossip, grumbling and complaining, pray that all would guard their hearts from offense, pray for a unified vision of mission and vision as a church.
Let’s go personal now: Pray about how God might want you to help further unity in your church? Is there someone you need to make things right with? Forgive? Ask forgiveness? Something you need to start or stop doing? Pray that God would give you an eagerness to maintain the bond of peace. Listen. Obey.
Praying with you.