[CF Devotionals]  2018-05-04 - Corporate Prayer

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Matt 10:20 For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”

As I sit writing today is the National Day of Prayer here in America. Just a few miles away there is one church, one body of Christ, that is hosting five other churches all praising God with song and praying for unity of all Christians everywhere. The National Day of Prayer exists to mobilize unified public prayer for America.

The issues are not over trivial things. There is prayer asking God that churches (people!) would be unified in support of each other rather than allowing trivial things to keep us apart. Unity in readiness to defend or present the Gospel when the opportunity or need arises. We should be influencing the culture rather than the culture be influencing us. Reaching out with compassion and hope to people the culture has failed is important. The fact that points of the Gospel flies in the face of the culture is not something that should cause us to buckle under the demand that we comply.

Externally there are those who are working to marginalize Christianity by many different paths. Some cultural, some legal, some political, etc. Dr John Lennox, professor at Oxford, warns:

"The attack is under full sway and the intensity is increasing and we need to understand and remind ourselves that Paul, the apostles and Jesus Christ stand or fall together.

"We shall have to count the cost of what it means to defend historical Christianity." (Christianity Today. Friday 04 May 2018, ©)

Paul asked for unity in support of his efforts.

Acts 15:30 Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me,

Unity of prayer. The readers of the letter are asked to focus on supporting Paul. Today the unity of believers in support of the church, the worldwide body if Christians, that we remain obedient and focused in our mission to reach the world with hope and love.

Grace & Peace,

[email mike] jmhoskins@gmail.com

All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.

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