Praying for Unity
Did you know there is a movement of prayer and a movement of unity moving throughout our city? The Wichita Prayer Movement (www.wichitaprayer.com) started a couple years ago with bimonthly prayer meetings open to anyone and everyone that would like to join. What started as just a few people gathering has gained some steam, and now thousands of different Jesus-followers in our city have participated.
One of the outcomes of the Wichita Prayer Movement has been a concerted effort of prayer and action in regards to unity among different churches. Just last week I had the privilege of joining 21 other local pastors where we declared our unity and commitment to Jesus, took the Lord’s Supper, and prayed for each other. In a culture where churches often are so busy doing their own thing, this was a beautifully unique experience.
In the Scriptures we see that Jesus not only prays for unity, but He also shows us the power that is available in unity. Jesus says, “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” John 17:20-23
Jesus seems to be saying there is a direct correlation between our unity and the world coming to believe in Jesus. This tells me that unity is something we should take very seriously.
This coming weekend in our services, I will be sharing some of the things our Leadership Team has been discussing as well as kicking off a season of prayer. I hope you will be able to join us, and if you are not able to, I would encourage you to jump on our website and watch the service once it gets posted (www.welcome2hope.com).
The goal for this time is to encourage all of us to pray for our church family, asking the Father to make His direction clear for us, as well as to build unity among us all. I truly believe that as we pray together, the Father will unify us and make His way clear. I hope you’ll join us in prayer.
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! Psalm 133:1