It was not until last year that I really started to focus more on the body of Christ, the Church, the true Bride. His elect.
I did receive the word “community” and I started reaching out to the blogging community alongside working on praying for specific church bodies that I knew, and their shepherds.
But towards the end of last year, God really encouraged my heart to broaden the prayer. I needed to pray for all elect. All of the Church. People I’ve never met. Leader’s I’ve never heard. Everyone.
There are people being persecuted for following Christ. People are dying for Him. Being in America, I think I’m desensitized to this. Missionaries are dying. Preachers are dying. People are being killed because they believe and follow Christ.
And though I’ve been fortunate to not really encounter problems with this in America, that doesn’t mean other Christians in America have the same story. People die in America for Christ. They get murdered. Or abused.
They may not be the stories on the news, but it happens, especially when families do not believe in Christ and they have a member who does. Even if it is not death or physical pain, people are cut off. Isolated.
It’s crucial we lift up our brothers and sisters, the ones we don’t know. God knows them! He knows their situations! People waver in faith. People struggle in life. We want everyone to draw closer to Christ, not away!
Be on the lookout for prayer requests. A lot of our fighting is done in prayer. It may not seem like a lot to the world, but do not forget we request to a King over all kings. A Savior. A Refiner.
Do not forget the name of the One who taught you to fight on your knees, beloved of Christ.
It was because of prayer, Christ endured temptation.
It was because of prayer, Christ went to the cross.
Lift up the body of Christ!
Against the darkness.
Against the arrows of the evil one.
This is how we fight!
Prayer: Lord, God, please be with Your body! Please be with those who are leaders. Those who are struggling to teach and yet, You have called them to teach. Help those who are volunteering to fill positions they may feel out of place in. Help those who are in the background serving Your glory. Remind them they are as important to You as anyone else.
Help those who are being turned away by friends, family, and peers because of You. Speak for them, Comforter. Be their words in these trying times. Help others, whose hearts may be hardened, listen to Your truth. Give shelter and strength to those who lack. Be the Father to the fatherless and let them be aware of Your hand. For those wavering faith, for the hearts who have become lukewarm, Refiner, refine their souls with coal. Be glorified at all times, and guide Your people. We need You!. Amen.
(NIV) 2 Thessalonians 3:01, “As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.”
Why is praying for the body of Christ important to you?
Monthly Scripture- (NLT) 2 Corinthians 5:17, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
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