The reflective prayer continues today, particularly focusing on catholicity–or universality.
Lord, especially in the midst of this week of prayer together for Christian unity, we pause to reflect on the Church’s catholicity. We ask, Lord, that that which we confess with our mouths we would see with our eyes. May Your Church be one, universal body. Though truly Your body reaches to the ends of the earth in many varied expressions and forms, we ask that these branches of the Vine would recognize that they are all grafted into, and draw their nourishment from, that One Vine.
We ask You, Lord, to draw together and tear down boundary-walls that mark off denominations, theologies and geographical borders. May Your Church be universal. May each one of us experience the freedom to join any meeting of Your body in any part of the world under any banner in any circumstance, and to hear there Your gospel preached and to experience communion with You and Your people.
Also, Lord, we pray that as we reflect on the universality of Your Church and await its full visible reality, that we would be spurred on to mission in Your world. May we go to the ends of the earth with Your gospel, that Your Church may be a truly universal entity, made up of believers from every language, tribe, people and nation. Be glorified in Your world through Your Church as it seeks to reconcile itself to itself and Your world to You.
All these things we pray through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.