“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:18
One of the things I look forward to each week is our Tuesday prayer worship service. It is a beautiful time to share the good things happening in our lives and raise those matters pressing on our hearts. We pray for all kinds of prayers and requests. We are praying for those in our congregation and friends who are sick and suffering, our church, first responders, an end of the pandemic, peace, justice, leaders, and world events.
Generally speaking, we sometimes forget to pray for all the Lord's people. We limit our prayers only to our local church or our denomination. We know from the Bible that the church is Christ's bride -- one bride; it’s not plural. Jesus is not a polygamist choosing different brides. All who have accepted Jesus and earnestly seek to live in his example are part of his universal church. Granted, sometimes we differ in theology and disagree on doctrine, but setting that aside we are all members of the one church and bride serving one God. As such, we need to remember to pray for Christ's catholic (universal) church, requesting that the message of salvation reaches as many people as possible regardless of who is carrying the message.
Precious Lord, we give you thanks and praise. We know you answer prayers and desire to hear all our requests. God, we raise your universal and apostolic church in petitions today. We ask for blessings on all the ministries and missions for all following your will. We pray for all our sisters and brothers in Christ that they may be healthy and safe. We pray as your children to help us be faithful and obedient servants. Loving God, please help us to become a united bride as we wait for Christ's return. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.