Praying for Unity as a Spiritual Family
Sir Godfrey Gregg
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, 6 so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-6
Therefore, if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in the spirit and of one mind. Philippians 2:1-2
10 I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 17 In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. 18 In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. 1 Corinthians 1:10; 11:17-18
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26, 28 (NIV)
What a blessing it is to pray for, and do the church’s work in sweet fellowship and harmony! It’s even more important in the gathering of saints of different ages, careers, ethnicity, cultures and needs. Paul prayed for the believers in Rome and in Philippi, two very different places. He promised the spirit of unity when they lived in harmony with tenderness and compassion.
Paul implored the saints in Corinth to agree with each other, perfectly united in prayer and thought. They needed to be careful of their own opinions when seeking God’s will for the church. Later, he chastised them. He had heard that when they met together, they had harmful divisions among themselves and he believed the reports. How sad!
Do we remember all are equal in the Father’s sight? We must keep this truth in our minds and hearts, for prejudices cause great strife. Social standing, racial differences, or whether one is man or woman matters not to God. Praying and living as His children by faith proclaims unity.
Dear brothers and sisters, we glorify the Father when we interact with one voice, seeking the Spirit and His purpose. May we of The Mystical Order and wherever your church is located capture these truths.
List the many areas in your church needing prayer to continue the work in unity.
If you commit to pray for these areas, pray these scripture prayers in your own secret prayer time.