When I am able to train groups, lead a retreat, or speak in a church or at an event, I try to remember to pray not only for the immediate; I often pray the words of the prayer below. It is for the church, God’s universal church, which makes up his body amidst creation. This prayer addresses a real issue: the divisions among God’s people.
I pray this prayer sincerely; it is my desire to see God’s People in unity. I pray this prayer also as a reminder to myself and to all in its hearing that the division among God’s people is not good. It seems that, as people growing in the likeness of Jesus, the spirit of this prayer would reflect the desire of our hearts more each day.
The prayer is from The Book of Common Prayer (New York: Oxford University Press, 1990) p. 816.
Gracious Father, we pray for thy holy Catholic Church. Fill it with all truth, in all truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in any thing it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ thy Son our Savior. Amen.
Would you join me in praying this privately and, when you have opportunity, publicly? Share your intention in the comments below.
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