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10 September 2018
Prayer for the mindset of Christ, that we might glorify the Father
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind towards each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Each day this week we’ll look at a prayer Paul prayed. As we look at these prayers, let’s use them as an insight into what was on Paul’s heart for the early church: what was he compelled to pray for, what did Paul think these young churches really needed?
Unsurprisingly, the things Paul prayed for aren’t always the things we pray for. This prayer rests in the great news of the gospel – the news that “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” and Paul’s prayer is that this young church wouldn’t use their freedom simply for their own pleasure or purposes, but for God’s Glory.
Let’s be praying for one another today, that God would:
- Help us to praise him and bring him Glory in our daily lives.
- Help us to endure and persevere in challenges and struggles.
- Encourage our hearts and help us to set our minds on him.
- Give us the same mindset as Christ
- Bring us to greater unity in vision and voice
- Bring healing to broken or tough relationships
- Help us to partner well with other churches
- Strengthen nationwide unity initiatives like the Evangelical Alliance
At its heart this is a prayer for church unity: for unity that has the end result of bringing glory to God. One of the great barriers to church unity can be when we seek our own glory, instead of God’s, when we have a self-first mentality. So let’s ask God to examine our hearts today and ask him to re-orientate us ever more to seek his glory.
"Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting."