Father, you call us to live as one body, experiencing unity and grace in our relationships. But every day we experience the opposite - the strife and the discord that comes as we relate to one another. We do not know how to be good neighbors, friends, citizens, or family because we selfishly value relationships based on their benefit to us. Teach us, Father, that in learning to love another person, we learn to love you and that in serving others, we learn to serve you. That is the value of every relationship you have given us - through others, we have come to know you.
You have called us to live together in community. Thank you for appointing a time and a culture for us to live out our calling to be your sons and daughters. We ask for your kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven. Specifically, we pray for the city of Indianapolis and the surrounding cities, towns, and countryside. We pray that each one might be blessed with good government, community leaders who serve the poor and the outcast, and churches that offer Christ to their communities:
Beech Grove, Bargersville, Brownsburg, Carmel, Columbus, Fishers, Greenwood, Indianapolis, Muncie, Nashville, New Palestine, Noblesville, Pittsboro, Plainfield, Shelbyville, Sheridan, Upland, Zionsville.
These places represent our homes - where we live, work and play. Where there is darkness, may we take your light. Where there is fear, may we take your love. Build your kingdom in us, and then send us as your servants to see your kingdom extend through the message of good news that you have asked us to live out before the world.
We ask that, as a church, we may continue to have a spirit of unity as we flesh out what it means to know and serve one another. Strengthen our leaders, especially those who lead community groups, pilgrim bands, and ministry teams - give them grace sufficient to cover the areas of leadership where they are weak. Strengthen our families too, Lord. Turn our hearts back to our wives, our husbands, our children, our parents, our brothers, and our sisters. Teach us to be a family, rejoicing that you have adopted us and that we all share your name. May we live to bring glory to your name. Amen.
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