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Prayer for the Ministry of Reconciliation
Week 1: March 1-7
The gospel is the crowning glory of the Christian faith. The word gospel literally means “good news,” or, even better, “joyful news.” The good news of Christianity is found in the perfect life, sacrificial death, and triumphant resurrection of Jesus. The gospel is news because it captures real events that happened in history. The news is good because it means that something has happened in history–outside of our own doing–that makes life-giving relationship with God possible.
What the gospel offers, then, is reconciliation. This means that Jesus was more than a representative of God; he did not come simply to announce the good news. He was and is the good news, for “he himself has…broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.” What is the wall of hostility, and how was it broken down? The wall of hostility is our sin. If sin is our resistance to and refusal of God functioning as God in our lives, then salvation is God, through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, graciously refusing to accept our resistance. The One who has been sinned against “was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself.”
Just as God “through Christ reconciled us to himself,” he has given us “the ministry of reconciliation.” This means that as we cooperate with God’s Spirit and grow in Christlikeness we increasingly become agents of reconciliation. As such, we seek opportunities to make to ask for and extend forgiveness. We seek to right the wrongs in our relationships with others, knowing that where there is mutual forgiveness there is reconciliation.
Considering these things, read 2 Corinthians 5:11-21, then pray about the following this week:
1). Praise God for breaking down the dividing wall of hostility, choosing to not count sins against those who trust Christ, and making a way for eternal relationship with Him.
2) Pray for God to strengthen and deepen your understanding of his reconciling work through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
3) Pray for God’s Spirit to encourage you as a minister of reconciliation. Pray for God to increase your humility so that you may, in the words of Philippians 2:3, “count others more significant than yourself.”