(Below is a prayer that United Methodists will be praying during a 75 week period of focused prayer. Each conference of the UMC is taking a week to pray about the unity of the Body of Christ in the UMC. The Texas Annual Conference (our local conference) will be focusing our prayers on this during the week of February 25, 2018. Please join us as we ask God's guidance for our bishops (in the Commission on the Way Forward) who are trying to discern God's leadership for the future and the mission of the UMC.)
Holy God, we thank You for Your tender mercies and loving-kindness. Thank You for calling the Body of Christ around the world to pray and unite. Thank You for increasing Your presence, power, anointing and abundance throughout the world. You are great and do wondrous things. You alone are God.
Let Your Kingdom come, and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven for the Body of Christ. Lord, as Your people, we humble ourselves, pray and seek Your face today. We believe that as we turn from our wicked ways, You will hear from heaven, forgive our sins and heal our landscape. We will be humble, gentle and patient with each other; making allowance for each other’s faults in love. We will be kind to one another, tenderhearted and forgiving, even as You, Lord, have forgiven us in Christ.
Holy Spirit, help us to live out the Word we just prayed to You. Remove the obstacles that hinder the formation of peaceful and loving relationships between our churches.
Forgiving Lord, forgive us, the Body of Christ, for our many sins. Forgive our churches for being at times self-centered and self-absorbed. Forgive us when we have had a form of Godliness, but denied Your power. Forgive us for not always being Kingdom-minded. Holy Spirit, remind us all of those we need to forgive and help us to be quick to forgive.
Holy Spirit, help us as the Body of Christ not to yield to temptation but deliver us from the evil one.
Lord, You are Holy. Just and true are Your ways. Who can be compared to You? Who is Your equal? Yours is the Kingdom, power and glory forever. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture References for the Written Text: Psalm 86:8-10, Matthew 6:10, II Chronicles 7:14, Ephesians 4:2-3, Ephesians 4:32, Revelation 15:3, Isaiah 40:25, Matthew 6:13