“…we must grow up in every way to Christ, who is the head. Under his control all the different parts of the body fit together, and the whole body is held together by every joint with which it is provided. So when each separate part works as it should, the whole body grows and builds itself up through love.” (Ephesians 4:15-16)
The Church’s life is not decided by democratic process, or by people who speak the loudest or most forcefully. There is no place for party interests, personality clashes or power blocks.
Church meetings are not based on a parliamentary model, or on business,
government, service clubs or other secular agencies. We are unique. We are the Body of Christ, being led by our Head, Jesus.
This requires a commitment to seeking God’s will versus our own, to hearing and respecting others, being open and not defensive, and doing it all in an attitude of humility.
Genuine and mature prayer is required here. Individual prayer before the meeting, intentional group prayer when all are gathered, asking for the guidance of the
Spirit, extra time for prayer before making key decisions, and stopping for more prayer if there are conflicts, or if the meeting has reached an impasse. Saturation prayer indeed!
(This reflection has been extracted from the Burnside City Uniting Church website and has been
prepared by Colette Williams)
How could church meetings you attend become more grounded in prayer?
How respectfully do we listen for the voice of God in each other?
Lead your church Lord Jesus Christ into the future and command our faithful
Reprinted from 40 Days of Prayer—Thank you Colette