In the last 15 years I don’t think I’ve seen a time where division and disunity have such potential to creep into the church. I think if the enemy could write the book about the perfect situation it would be much like the things we are experiencing today: economic uncertainty, a pandemic that is forcing many people inside where we can’t be in community with one another and dialogue face-to-face. Add into that the tragedy that we’ve seen on the streets with the killing of George Floyd, and the racial tensions and protests, and the differences – strong passionate differences – among churches, even evangelical churches in how to respond to these issues. There is opportunity for division.
Our Ministry Leadership Team and I got together recently to pray and talk about this. We were really convicted of the fact that we, as a people of God, need to be getting together to on our knees to pray to preserve unity. We can talk, we can write sermons, we can post articles, we can dialogue, all those things are good and fine, and helpful, but what is essential is being a church on our knees together.
It is in prayer together, corporate prayer together, that you see one another’s hearts. In prayer we are unified and our hearts are knit to our Father and we can bring our intercessions before Him. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 4 that we should do everything we can to make every effort to preserve the unity that we already have, that’s been purchased by Jesus Christ and His peace that He made when He broke down that dividing wall. We need to make the effort to preserve that peace that Christ has already given us. The Bible tells us that one of the ways we do that is through prayer. In 1 Timothy 2:1-2 it says, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” In verse 8 it says, “I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling.”
We are convicted that we need to be people of corporate prayer together. To that end we’ve decided to have three prayer gatherings. We are going to be praying together as the church. The first one is July 15. We are not going to be preaching messages. We are going to read scripture and pray together around specific subjects.
Watch Pastor Nate sharing his heart for unity: The Holy Resistance Against the Devil, Racism and Division.
Join together with the family of God to pray for unity at the three prayer gatherings we are holding this summer. These prayer times will include Scripture reading and focused prayer for specific topics.
Join us on:
Wednesday, July 15, 7:00-8:00 p.m. in-person or via Zoom.
Wednesday, August 5, 7:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom ONLY
Wednesday, August 26, 7:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom ONLY