Today, January 18-25, begins this year’s annual 2014 International Week of Prayer, a time when “Christians around the world unite together in prayer with Jesus Christ, “that they may all be one” (John 17:21).
This year’s scriptural theme will be, “Has Christ Divided Us?’ a question posed by St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:13: “Has Christ been divided?” We will also be guided on how we can “value and receive the gifts of others even in the midst of division.”
The world we live in today is full of diversity, everything from our language and culture, to where we live; and many of us express our faith in different ways, but we’re still all faithful to “Christ’s call to unity for His church.”
For the next eight days we will go through the biblical reflections and prayers for each day.
Day 1: “Together…we are called to be saints” (1 Corinthians 1:2)
Readings: Exodus 19: 3-8
Psalm 95: 1-7
1 Peter 2: 9-10
Matthew 12: 46-50
Merciful God, together with all those who call on the name of the Lord, in our brokenness we hear your call to be saints. Yet you have made us a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. By the power of your Holy Spirit, draw us together in the communion of saints and strengthen us to do your will and to proclaim the mighty acts of Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen