Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Bind us Together
In his book Face to Face, Ken Boa takes Scripture texts and daily personalizes them so that one can pray Scripture back to God. I find it extremely helpful.
In one of today’s prayers, Ken uses Ephesians 4:13. His prayer reads:
Lord Jesus Christ, grant that as Your body, we might reach unity in the faith and knowledge of You, the Son of God, so that we will become mature and attain to the whole measure of Your fullness.
Paul is saying in Ephesians that any disunity as a body of believers hinders our maturation. We won’t get a chance to grow up as a church unless we become as one. In a positive way, the more we come together and love each other, the more we will grow and mature.
I love watching young children learn to run. At first, they are uncoordinated and awkward as their parts are not yet cooperating with each other. However, as they grow and mature they run not only efficiently but gracefully.
What would today’s church look like as it runs? I don’t think it would run that beautifully, do you? Yet there is hope. The hope is found in our coming together. When we do, we will be grace-full.
That’s why I am so excited about our present 40 Days of Worship! and our September 22 service at Cove Park with other churches. On September 22 at 10 a.m. we are joyfully gathering as one for the sake of the One! I can’t wait.
My prayer over these 40 days is that we will become grace-full and that the Holy Spirit would work in us even more and fulfill Jesus’ prayer in John 17:23:
“I in them and You in Me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that You sent Me and loved them even as You loved Me.”