Here’s how we’re praying in February. You can contact our order desk at 905-542-7400 ext. 3223 or via email at email@example.com to get new prayer cards, general brochures and promotional postcards for your ministry context (just shipping charges apply). We also continue to encourage regular visits to www.everydayfaith.ca for encouragement in the disciplines of Bible reading, prayer, generosity and sharing our faith in word and deed.
February 2017 (Missional Vitality)
For a strengthened sense of unity and community
- That our relationships will honour the unity demonstrated by the Trinity—the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- That our families, neighbourhoods and churches will experience and reflect Christlike community marked by grace, mutual understanding, forgiveness and generosity.
- That we will be intentional in seeking to integrate and unite all members of our various communities in fellowship and worship.
- That we would recognize barriers to genuine unity and seek God’s power to overcome them.
- That we would be the answer to Jesus’ passionate prayer to be in complete unity so the world would see Him for who He is.
PASSAGES TO PONDER:
My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
“Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.
“Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity!
It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
down on the collar of his robe.
It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
even life forevermore.
Next month's prayer focus: For many lives to be transformed by the gospel this Easter (http://everydayfaith.ca/?page_id=1487).
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