Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your Son who taught us to pray with an inclusive heart in the book of John. Your Son prayed that we (Your people) may be one as You (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) are. I pray that we remain united in You and continue to be like You as the body of Christ. I pray against exclusivity, as this is not what You intended for Your people, Amen.
Holy One, I thank You for who You are. I thank You for sending Your only begotten Son so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Lord, salvation is for ‘whoever’, it is for anyone who believes. Therefore, I pray that I approach Your people with this heart and with this mindset: one that seeks for all to experience Your goodness and Your salvation, Amen.
Eternal Saviour, we have formed cliques and identities that differentiate us from one another. But Father, in Your eyes there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for we are all one in Christ Jesus. Lord, I pray that we see things like You do, I pray that we see past colour, race, past the labels because they are unimportant in Your kingdom. All are called to worship, all have the opportunity to accept salvation; we declare inclusivity in Jesus Name, Amen.
God of Love, I pray that we always show love and exclude no one. Let us rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Let us not be haughty but associate with the lowly. I pray that we are never wise in our own sight. I pray that we do not repay evil for evil but give thought to do what is honourable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on us, let us live peaceably with all and help us to always demonstrate inclusivity within our church, Amen.
Beautiful God, I pray that You renew our hearts and minds so that they can be beautiful also. I pray that we do not hold judgements against people or place ourselves on a pedestal because we believe that we are righteous, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Even though many of us are on the path of righteousness, we were once sinners in darkness. So, let us shine our light in the darkness, because light that accompanies light is ineffective compared to the power of light in darkness, Amen.
Dear Lord, I pray that we show no partiality as we hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into church, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if we pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while we say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” we have then made distinctions among ourselves and become judges with evil thoughts. I pray against this, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Eternal God, if I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Father help us to be inclusive in our church and we ask that you fill us with Your love, because love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful, Amen.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.