Today we pray for…
Attendees: Dorothy, Sonia, and Val
Jesus prays for His disciples:
Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one. … My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. … Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. John 17:11, 15, 17
Lord, we ask that Your Spirit will reveal any areas of unforgiveness among Your workers. We battle an enemy who uses relational wounds to divide us in our goal of seeing Your Kingdom expanded. We pray against unforgiveness between team members (or national partners), grace to accept one another as they are, along with wisdom and perseverance to work in unity. We ask for healing and for truth to purify. May the interaction with others in hard situations lead to forgiveness and freedom.
Lord of the universe, the cross-cultural community can begin to feel small, with teams comprised of various nationalities, backgrounds, and giftedness, with a variety of ministry focuses. This can give rise to comparison, competition, and perceived differing values—regarding issues such as how fast one learns the language or sees conversions, how one’s kids adapt to national schools/churches, and/or how one furnishes (or the size of) her home. Differences in support levels, marital/family status, and level of adventurousness or timidity can also cause tension. All of these things can equate to ample opportunity for Satan to cause disunity, discontent, and hurt. Many times this feels like an emotional quagmire. We pray for confession of wrongs, healing of hurts, and rebuilding of trust to unify teams and clearly reflect Jesus.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.