Today is my last reflective prayer for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2007. I hope that you’ve found the prayers helpful and hopeful for reflection and meditation on Christian unity, and that they’ve increased your own desire to see Christ’s Church healed and unified. Let’s pray together, meditating on Paul’s conversion:
Lord, we pause at the end of this last day of prayer for Christian unity in this week set aside by the churches for unified prayer. Thank You, Lord, for the impetus and desire to gather together, in spirit, as the Church to ask You to bring unity to Your divided and broken family. May this attitude of prayer continue with us throughout the rest of this year, that at all times we would be praying and working toward the full restoration of relationship in Your family.
On this day, the feast day of the conversion of St. Paul, we pause to remember that powerful event, that turning point in the history of the early Church and especially in the life of that great apostle and teacher. We confess, Lord, that so often we live as Paul before his conversion–persecuting Your Church and unwittingly betraying our God. Convert us, Lord. Meet us on that road to Damascus and overthrow our rebellious selves. Blind us in Your light and cause us to know that true Light.
May we find ourselves guided by the teachings of that great apostle, who wisely considered himself the worst of sinners. We ask that his intense passion would be the passion of the Church: to know You and the power of Your resurrection, counting everything else as garbage and loss. In this, we ask, Lord, may the Church be unified; may we seek to continually be converted by You, and to grow up more and more into the life of God, which is opened to us so gracefully by the way of the Cross.
All these things we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.