“May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” (John 17:23).
Because of our love for God and our desire to see the kingdom advance, we must passionately pursue unity in our prayer lives. The testimony of many Christians around the world today is that prayer has brought them into a greater unity with other believers than they ever thought possible. It begins by simply asking the Lord to give you a desire for unity. But it will not end there. He will hear and answer your prayer. Opportunities will begin to open up for you to pray with other Christians. It requires no compromise on doctrinal issues to pray with someone else. Let God be God! Seek unity in prayer and
see what He might do in and with you.
Lord, would You give me the passion for unity in Your body that You have? Help me to lay aside anything in me that hinders unity. I pray, Lord, for the complete unity in the church that will allow the world to see You more clearly. Amen.
–Taken from Pray Like the King (Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings) by David and Kim Butts. (Click on the blue title to get more information about this resource).
Give praise to the one by whom all things were created, the one in whom all things hold together, the head of the church (Col. 1:16-18). Thank God for giving direction and purpose to your life in this day. Confess those times in the past few weeks when you’ve tried to take over the direction of your life. Commit yourself completely to Christ’s leadership in this week. Ask him to help you find the time to listen for his voice at the beginning of each day.
Intercede for the leaders in your congregation, that they may find the wisdom and courage to follow Christ’s plan for your church without hesitating.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).