The church feels a little damaged.
A little dinged. A little divided.
Our response might be to take a side, or lament about the “good old days.” Or maybe we are against the “good old days” and we spend a lot time wishing it was different.
It’s not the first time the church has felt this way.
Let’s step into the Church right after Jesus’ death on the cross. The streets are crowded with people debating. Some are confused. Others are angry. Some — those closest to Jesus — are despondent and afraid.
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Then Jesus rose and he spent 40 days with the disciples. He walked with them. He reminded them of all that he had taught them.
He asked them to pray, and to be united.
He told them to wait for power on high.
They lingered in prayer together. The power came. The church didn’t just survive; it caught on fire. Christianity spread. Believers were persecuted, and faith spread further.
Their prayers launched the church and you and I are still impacted today.
Today’s let’s step into revolutionary prayer for the Church — every tongue, every race, every nation that calls themselves Christian.
Let’s focus on the three things Jesus reminded the disciples.
Wait for His power
As we pray for the Church, let’s ask God if there’s anything he desires to do in us in any of these areas.
Shake us up, Lord.
Shake up the Church, Father.
We come together, asking that you fill up your church and remind us of all that you have spoken. Show us how to live as disciples, and remind us of the power of a praying, united Church.
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