My prayer for every congregation this “Lord’s Day” morning…

Having served as the pastor of several congregations over the years I can tell you of some of the painful divisions and disagreements that can occur among God’s people – that group Apostle Paul refers to as “the body of Christ!”  Those divisions and that divisiveness grieve the heart of God and drive caring pastors to their knees in prayer!  Perhaps your church (or one you are aware of) is experiencing such division right now…

So this morning, during my time of “coffee with the Lord” I read these words in Romans 15:5-7 and turned them into my prayer (and the vision of my heart) for every congregation worshipping together on this “Lord’s Day” morning…

“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! …  Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you for the glory of God!”

That’s God’s desire for the congregation you’re a part of!  That’s my prayer today!  That is the vision I hold dear today for every Christ-centered, Bible-believing, Holy Spirit empowered congregation!

(Oh, and I’m aware the pic that I used to illustrate this prayer and vision is not sensitive to the reality during the scourge of COVID-19, and the need for “social distancing” and health precautions required… But one day, with God’s help and healing, it will!)

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