Read Philippians 2:1–4
“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
God has sovereignly put us in a strategic place with the opportunity to reflect the diversity of our community as we declare the diversity of the kingdom. We are surrounded by a diverse and growing community. And in a world that is increasingly divided, we have the opportunity to live out gospel-centered unity and love. Ask God to grow us in the grace of considering others, especially those who are different from us, as more important than ourselves.
Pray that as a church family, we would abound in love for one another and for our community.
Pray that God will provide us with called and capable leaders of color who will help us influence all of our community.
Ask God to use The Summit Institute to effectively recruit and train women and men of color for gospel ministry.
Pray that God would lead you to grow in your relationships with those who are different from you, as we seek to become a church that represents the “every tribe and language” throng that will one day gather around the throne of God. Ask God to strengthen and sustain our unity in diversity.
Praying with kids? Have them pray, “Father, thank you for making so many different kinds of people in your image. Help our church to look like your family. Help us to love all people the way that you do.”