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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Praying for the Church

To read all the news coming out about what is happening in the Church throughout the West is depressing and to try to pretend we do not have these problems and not read the news is irresponsible. Will you join with me today to pray for the Church and keep this prayer within your heart and mind throughout today, and everyday, trusting and believing that Jesus will answer it? If you wish, you can let me know that you are praying with me.

When we pray, let us ask God, in faith, who gives generously, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1.5-8)

Let us pray for the unity of all Christian people..


V. Behold how good and joyful a thing it is, brethren;
R. To dwell together in unity.

O GOD, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, our only Saviour, the Prince of Peace; Give us grace seriously to lay to heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions. Take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatsoever else may hinder us from GODLY Union and Concord: that, as there is but one Body, and one Spirit, and one Hope of our Calling, one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of us all, so we may henceforth be all of one heart, and of one soul, united in one holy bond of Truth and Peace, of Faith and Charity, and may with one mind and one mouth glorify thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

9 Comments:

Anonymous Antonio said...

"Let us pray for the unity of all Christian people".
I wholeheartedly agree that this is what Christianity is needing most. (And Christianity is what the world is needing most).

4:18 pm  
Blogger Adam said...

This is wonderful. May I put it on my blog? Thanks. Anglo-Catholic Ruminations

4:26 pm  
Blogger Jeff said...

Sure Adam! I hope to get as many as possible praying it the rest of the week.

js

4:45 pm  
Blogger Adam said...

Thanks. Here is the URL:

http://a-c-ruminations.blogspot.com/

4:48 pm  
Blogger father wb said...

I'm praying too.

7:42 pm  
Blogger Karen B. said...

Jeff, what a great post. Gonna steal it for Lent & Beyond too, since it was needing to do something (PRAY!) in response to all the Anglican news I was reading that led to the beginning of that blog.

May the Lord use these current struggles for good in the church, refining us to better refect His beauty and holiness.

12:56 am  
Blogger Jeff said...

Thank you Karen. I enjoy all of your comments on titusonenine and I am glad to know you come by. May God bless us all; on your side of the pond and ours!

10:06 am  
Blogger Albany Intercessor said...

Thank you for your witness!
Torre Bissell, Diocese of Albany, NY

10:11 am  
Anonymous Rick Harris said...

Will also post on Stand Firm Alabama. As Jesus said, "Without me, you can do nothing." If we are not praying, then we are not doing ANYTHING!

6:55 pm  

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