The only way for a church body to have unity is for all to have the mind of Christ. His Spirit links us together.
3 By[God’s] wisdom [His] house [Church] is built, and through [His] understanding it is established; through [His] knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.
Unity does not mean uniformity. Oneness does not mean sameness. We collectively look beyond individual wants, needs, perspectives, knowledge and experiences to Christ’s will for His Church. Coming to that realization takes a lot of prayer and fasting–the kind of fasting where we fast from demanding our own way, from indulging ourselves in our own opinion, from seeking our will over the will of the group; that kind of fasting. Let’s look at some more from Robin’s and my Brainstorm pages:
Kelly– The purpose of prayer is unity of the mind.
- We seek the same goal, which is Christ’s will in each matter.
- We give preference to each other as we seek Christ’s will.
- We lift each other up to the Lord for wisdom, discernment and understanding of His will.
Robin– Why do we pray? (continued from Monday)
- To confess and repent of what is keeping us from being fully committed to Him (see yesterday’s post). If we don’t know what, or how, then pray, “reveal any offensive way in me and lead me in Your Way everlasting” (Psalm 139:24).
- To express gratitude for the endless list of blessings He gives us daily! The most important ones are that we belong to Him and that He is with us 24/7!
- To lift up others:
- for a specific need;
- to be used to bring glory to God;
- that they be able to discern God’s hand;
- to see evidences of His Spirit among them;
- to be used to draw their loved ones and care givers into a (deeper) relationship with God;
- to experience and tell others about God’s power, participation, provision, presence and peace in their lives;
- for needs to be revealed so that the body of Christ can minister specifically;
- for strongholds to be revealed, recognized and demolished;
- for deceptions to be revealed and replaced with truth so people may be set free;
- to pray all these things over “lost people” including the “do whatever it takes to draw them close to Your side” prayer.
What becomes obvious is that praying for health is okay, but it’s at the surface of a deep pool. There is SO MUCH MORE for which to pray than simple health. Consider this: If God chooses to use a person—with the person’s willingness—to be put in a specific place with specific resources and with a specific message for one specific person and/or event, then we can trust that He will keep the person in exactly the health he needs in order to be in that place and have those resources in order to deliver that message to that one person and/or event. This scenario includes mission fields, work places, and even hospitals–plus a whole lot more.
May we seek to be where He wants us, when He wants us there, and in the frame of mind to do His will while we are there.
Abba, we are Your extensions. May we be Your hands and feet, Your voice and Your ears to a lost and hurting world. We are Your ambassadors, so call the world to Yourself through us. We are Your humble servants. Amen.