The local church, even with all her problems, is one of the great loves of my life. To be a part of, and have the honor to serve the body of Christ is a blessing of which I am not worthy. Yet, it is a gift I have been given because I am loved, cherished, and called by the Heavenly Father. Today, I invite you to pray with me for the local church.
In these days when organized religion is distrusted and misused by many, we pray
you show the light of the real church.
The body of Christ, loving one another and reaching out to the world.
We ask that you expose corruption and let truth reign.
For you to lead us all, and for you to call up leaders who will point others to you.
We ask that you would show us how to stir up one another to love and good works.
Let us not neglect meeting together so that we may encourage, come along side, and teach one another.
Though we be many, make us united in purpose – knitted together by the bond of peace.
Build your church Lord Jesus and let not the gates of hell prevail against it!
Make us one as you and the Father are one.
May we glorify you.
In your precious name,
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.
~ John 17:20-23