REPENTING FOR THE DIVISION IN THE CHURCH
May 16, 2018 | By Germaine Copeland, author of Prayer That Avails Much for America
Our Father in heaven, holy is Your name. We pray for Your will to be done on earth even as it is in heaven. John saw a great multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language (see Rev. 7:9). Father, I ask You to forgive us, the people who are called by Your name, for tolerating prejudice toward one another. We raise up the banner of love and take our stand against the accuser, the father of lies who uses racism and the pain of the past to separate us from unity. We are a people whose identity is in Christ, and by the power of the Holy Spirit we will walk together clothed in the armor of God. We declare that we are strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Taking unto ourselves the whole armor of God, we are able to stand against the schemes of the devil and declare that we are one—red and yellow, black and white—we are one!
In the name of Jesus, I bind my mind, will, attitudes, and emotions to the blood of Jesus, the control of the Holy Spirit, and the love of God. With the authority of Jesus, I loose, smash, and cast down every argument and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. I bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
Father, thank You that the truth makes us free from the influence of public opinion. The Holy Spirit has come upon us and lives in us enabling us to live out our glorious, Christ-originated faith. Father forgive us for segregating ourselves by color, by a measure of wealth or intellect. We are one blood, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb who was slain before the foundation of the world. We are brand new creations, baptized into Christ, and we have put on the family likeness of Christ. We rise and call for an end to division and segregation in our family—no division between Jew and Gentile, slave and free, male and female, white and black. Among us we are all equal—we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. The kingdom of faith is now our home country, and we are no longer strangers or outsiders. We belong here, raised up together, seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus far above prejudice and every name that would divide us, in the name of Jesus.
Scripture References: Ephesians 6:10; Ephesians 2
From Prayers That Avail Much for America by Germaine Copeland