This continues a 7-week prayer initiative Praying God's Word over Lexington.
Week 4 – PRAY FOR UNITY IN THE CHURCH
5/9 – Cry Out for God to Make Us One
I am not asking on behalf of them alone, but also on behalf of those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I am in You. May they also be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
I have given them the glory You gave Me, so that they may be one as We are one— I in them and You in Me—that they may be perfectly united, so that the world may know that You sent Me and have loved them just as You have loved Me. (John 17:20-23)
- Pray for oneness in the church.
- Cry out for healing of divisions between believers and between congregations in Lexington.
- Seek a heart of forgiveness and honoring of one another.
- Plead with God against demonic oppression ruling in Lexington.
.5/11 – Ask God to Empower Us to Love One Another
“By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35)
- Ask Jesus to bring to mind ways you have lived selfishly & without love; take time to repent.
- Pray for a filling of His love and empowerment to see your brothers and sisters in Christ through God’s eyes of compassion.
- Allow the Father to show you who you need to forgive for causing you pain and surrender your hurt to Jesus.
- Ask for creative ways to put God’s love into action & do it!
5/13 – Seek God for Help to Realize & Maintain Unity of Spirit
As a prisoner in the Lord, then, I urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling you have received: with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, and with diligence to preserve 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)
- Seek God for a fresh work of love, humility and gentleness to invade and consume His people.
- Repent for ways you have not walked in a manner worthy of your calling (especially in love and unity.
- Ask Holy Spirit to fill LexChristian and area churches with unity in tangible ways.
5/10 – Plead for unity that causes His blessings to cover Lex
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brethren live together in harmony! It is like fine oil on the head, running down on the beard, running down Aaron’s beard over the collar of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon falling on the mountains of Zion. For there the LORD has bestowed the blessing of life forevermore. (Psalm 133)
- Ask for tangible unity to emerge in Lexington.
- Consider ways you have been involved in divisions between races, people groups, churches, families and friends. (Don’t rush this step.) Repent for any part you may have in those divisions.
- Seek God for an area-wide blessing of unity and a canopy of God’s presence in Lexington.
5/12 – Seek God to Live as One People before the Throne of God
After this I looked and saw a multitude too large to count, from every nation and tribe and people and tongue, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. (Revelation 7:9)
- Think of a people group and pray for their salvation and discipleship.
- Pray for workers to be sent and hearts ready to receive salvation.
- Ask Jesus what he would have you do for these people.
5/14 – Celebrate the Differences in the Body of Christ
Just as each of us has one body with many members, and not all members have the same function, so in Christ we who are many are one body, and each member belongs to one another. (Romans 12:4-5)
- Thank Jesus for various gifts and abilities in the body of Christ and the way He is using them.
- Pray for a revealing of areas of prejudice and condemnation in your heart toward those in the body of Christ. (Don’t rush this step.) Repent and ask Jesus to transform your heart and mind to His perfect will.
- Ask Holy Spirit to bring to mind areas you’ve failed to appreciate the diversity in the church and brainstorm ways to encourage those unlike you.
5/15 - Reflect on what God has been showing you this week.