Jan 04

Tuesday Prayer Focus

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PRAYER FOCUS: The community of the church 
SCRIPTURE: John 13:31-34 

The reason we focused on the gospel yesterday is that the gospel is what authentic community flows from. You can have community apart from the gospel, but if you receive the gospel, you are guaranteed to belong to a community. Yesterday we saw that, “the Gospel is the Good News that God saves sinners.” This salvation unites us to God and to one another in a unique and beautiful way. (Ephesians 2:11-22) We practice our faith in the context of this community and the world around us. This is where we seek to obey the 59 “one anothers” of the New Testament

Eugene Peterson says, “A believing community is the context for the life of faith. Love cannot exist in isolation: away from others, it bloats into pride. Grace cannot be received privately: cut off from others it is perverted into greed. Hope cannot develop in solitude: separated from the community, it goes to seed in the form of fantasies. No gift, no virtue can develop and remain healthy apart from the community of faith.” 

In fact, in another place, Eugene Peterson says, “One of the immediate changes that the Gospel makes is grammatical. We instead of I – our instead of my – us instead of me.” 

As you seek God this week, even if you’re not able to make it to the prayer meetings we are hosting, don’t forget that you aren’t alone!

Ponder this quote from Francis Schaeffer as you pray for the community of Christ City Church today: 

“Yet, without true Christians loving one another, Christ says the world cannot be expected to listen, even when we give proper answers. Let us be careful, indeed, to spend a lifetime studying to give honest answers. For years the orthodox, evangelical church has done this very poorly. So it is good to spend time learning to answer the questions of men who are around us. But after we have done our best to communicate to a lost world, still we must never forget that the final apologetic which Jesus gives is the observable love of true Christians for true Christians.” Francis Schaeffer

Take some time to:

  1. Pray that the “Final Apologetic” to the world around us would be visible to all who we would meet. 
  2. Ask God, “how am I leaning into the community of the church? Have I been formed by twenty-first century individualism or the community as revealed in Scripture?” Ask him to speak to you and reveal to you ways you can intentionally be involved in the community of the church.
  3. Pray for the community of Christ City Church. Our mission is Making Missional Disciples for the Sake of the Neighbourhood. How can we be doing that together? Holy Spirit help us! 
  4. If necessary, repent of an idealistic picture of community. Community is messy. That’s why Colossians 3:13 (on the list of 59) tells us to “forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.”
  5. Pray for the Community Group Leaders of Christ City Church.