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Key verse: PRAYING FOR THE LOCAL CHURCH
“Do not rebuke an older man, but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.”– 1 Timothy 5:1–2
So, God, we pray that you would help us to bear with one another, to care for one another, to be patient with one another, to be forgiving toward one another. Now, all these one another in the New Testament come alive in a whole new way, once we realize, yes, this is family.Radical.net
So, God, we pray that you would help us to serve one another, to encourage one another. As we gather on Sundays, help us to go into this gathering, not thinking, what am I going to get out of this, but how am I going to give to this? We’re going to a family gathering where I exist to serve other brothers and sisters, to lay down my life and love for them to care for them, to help them grow the image of Jesus.
God, we pray that you’d help us to approach your church like you’ve called us to as family, as we anticipate this gathering one day of family from every nation and tribe and tongue and people. God, we praise you, just like you’ve taught us to pray, our Father in heaven. And we pray that as your sons and daughters, you would help us to love our brothers and sisters well, each other, and specifically each other in the local churches that we are committed to. Help us to be faithful, loving, caring, compassionate Christ-like members of our church families. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.