Prayer #3: Prayer for Unity
Thank you for giving us the gift of one another. Thank you for the uniqueness that you built into every single one of your children. We are blessed to be so different, but we are even MORE blessed when we use our differences to draw us together.
Your word says in Romans 12:4-5, “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.”
If we are all part of ONE body, what are we doing when we harm those around us, whether it’s verbally, physically, or in the thoughts that run through our mind? We are cursing our own body. We are cursing YOUR body, Lord. We are like cancer cells attacking our own system.
Is that healthy? Is that helpful? Is that loving?
Is it any wonder our nation, our body, is suffering?
Lord, forgive us for attacking ourselves! Forgive us for seeing each other as the enemy when you have clearly said that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness …” (Eph. 6:12). We are not our own enemy. Help us to discern the true enemy and call a ceasefire in our own land.
You came that we might have LIFE and have it more ABUNDANTLY! The only way we can do so is if we unite with those who trust in you so that those who have not yet trusted in you will WANT to become part of the body.
Unite us Lord. Give us eyes to see that we are more alike than we are different. Remind us daily of your will for us in this vital area.
Today, Lord, this is our plea for our nation: “I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of ONE mind, UNITED in thought and purpose.” ~ 1 Cor. 1:10
Help us value unity over division … righteousness over “right”ness … love over hate.
In Jesus’ Name,
Psalm 133:1 – How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in UNITY!
Eph. 4:3 – Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
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