My Vision of Community-Lent 7, 2020

Prayer Focus: Being Better Together

Lord God, forgive me. You know how often my heart prefers solitude. To go it alone. To be my own master without having to take into account anyone else. To long for the simple life of selfishness that seeks the satisfaction of only one person’s concerns: mine. The minute another person enters my arena, life becomes more complicated, more complex, and frankly, I have a tendency to see it as being less satisfying. The truth is You said that it’s not good for us to be alone. When we’re separated from the beauty of community, we’re like embers separated from the fire, we darken and cease to provide comfort and warmth in the presence of others. The truth is, Lord, I am always in community with You as I seek to follow Jesus Christ all day, every day. His concerns are supposed to be foremost in my mind and I do try to seek Your will continually. You are my Father in heaven. I want to bring glory to You through Your Holy Spirit as my ongoing advocate and counselor. I fall short. A lot. It’s hard to see clearly through the forest of personal preferences, preferred life styles, forged agendas, and layered objectives. Sometimes I can’t even see that I’m missing the mark of community. But You call me to see the beauty in it. The beauty in friendship. The beauty in the family of Christ. The beauty in relationship. It’s only sin that has broken what You designed to be perfect and harmonious. Help me, Lord, to know the way relationship can be when it’s without sin. When it’s all love and grace and holiness. When it’s perfection. Help me, Father, to see through and beyond all that is sin and instead to see You and others with Your eyes. Help me to know the value of community so great in Your eyes that You’ve made an eternity of its perfection possible through the sacrifice of Your Son Jesus. By His blood, You’ve created a kingdom and a priesthood from sinners. By His blood, You’ve made family from aliens and strangers. By His blood, You’ve washed away our sins. By His blood, we find forgiveness and restoration in Christ. Help me, Father, to live like Your child, bearing Your image, for my good and Your glory. Amen.


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