“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Be Reconciled!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”
2 Corinthians 5:17-18 (NIV)
In a time when the things which divide us from one another often seems greater than that which unites us, this week’s prayer focus is about being reconciled to God with the task of facilitating reconciliation with others. Webster’s dictionary says that reconcile means “to bring one thing into correspondence with another.” I really like that definition as it highlights the importance of dialogue and honest communication with one another. When we are reconciled to God, it is through the blood of Jesus that the line of communication has been opened between us and God. It is only through Christ that we can be brought into balance and agreement with God. As we are reconciled to God, He calls us to be involved in not only helping others to experience reconciliation with God, but to work at the ministry of reconciliation with one another. As you pray this week, ask God to help you walk in balance with Him. Pray about the reconciliation you need with God and with others. Pray that your ears, and heart, would be open to truly listen to others. Pray that you would seek out ways to enter into “correspondence with another” as you seek to be reconciled to those you don’t currently understand. Pray that you would be “quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry” in all of your interactions with others. Pray for a spirit of unity within your church congregation and within the body of Christ as a whole. Pray each day for the individuals of your church family as well as for the body of Christ as a whole.
“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 saints.”
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
Please pray each day for God to help you to be reconciled to Him and to one another.
Sunday: Pray for your church staff and leadership as they navigate the many complexities of leading and shepherding in these uncertain times. Pray for the spiritual and financial health of the congregation to remain strong during this time of not being able to meet together physically. Pray that God would work through you in a mighty way to encourage others this week.
Monday: Be Reconciled Before Worship. Pray for clarity in seeing how a lack of reconciliation has hindered your worship of God. Pray that you would have the courage to be reconciled to others so that your worship would be pleasing and acceptable to God. “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24 (NIV)
Tuesday: Be Reconciled with Adversaries. Pray for the courage needed to have conversations of reconciliation with those who oppose you. Pray that you would make a sincere effort to be reconciled to those who are against you. “As you are going with your adversary to the magistrate, try hard to be reconciled to him on the way, or he may drag you off to the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison.” Luke 12:58 (NIV)
Wednesday: Be Reconciled with One Another. Pray that you would see the people around you as brothers and sisters who need each other. Pray that you would listen to the attempts of people when they try to help you be reconciled to others. “The next day Moses came upon two Israelites who were fighting. He tried to reconcile them by saying, ‘Men, you are brothers; why do you want to hurt each other?’” Acts 7:26 (NIV)
Thursday: Be Reconciled through Jesus Christ. Pray that Jesus would be at the center of your conversations and desire for reconciliation. Pray that you would always seek to be reconciled to God through Jesus and that you would see Jesus as the means for all reconciliation. “For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” Romans 5:10 (NIV)
Friday: Be An Ambassador of Reconciliation. Pray that you would be an instrument of peace as you carry a message of reconciliation and call people to be reconciled to God and to one another. Pray that you would actively be involved in calling people to be reconciled to God. “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20 (NIV)
Saturday: Be Reconciled to Be Holy. Pray that the holiness of Christ in you would be the center of your reconciliation with God and with others. Pray that you would value the cost of reconciliation by pursuing a holy life in Christ. “But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.” Colossians 1:22 (NIV)