It’s moving week around here! As I think of what I’m going to miss, one of the first things that comes to mind is our small group. For the past two years, we’ve met once a week to share a meal and share our lives. Outside of those regular meetings we’ve attended birthday parties and baby showers. We’ve exchanged countless text messages. When someone needs a little extra help we’ve delivered meals or mowed their lawn. At a time when we lived away from family, these friends became our family.
At the end of last summer, when small groups were starting up again, I wrote a prayer for our group. I committed to praying for them (us) regularly and I wanted to focus those prayers. Today I’m sharing an adapted version of that prayer.
Lord, we thank You for setting us in a rich community and for giving us meaningful friendships. We recognize that people are often the administers of Your grace in our lives and so we begin expressing gratitude for these relationships and Your work among us.
For our small group:
May we be truth seekers and truth speakers. In our relationships with each other, may grace be our native language. May we toil for unity, knowing that it doesn’t come easily. We ask for grace to be quick to confess, to repent, and to obey.
When hard times inevitably come, we pray that we would stand firm with each other. May we walk in both confidence and humility as a result of our relationship with Christ. And may we as a group cultivate an environment of honesty where shame has no power and where Christ is honored.
This year we pray for growth within our group as a result of our individual growth. Give us boldness to invite others into our community. May we be open, welcoming, and inviting to visitors. May we exhibit closeness while squelching any hint of cliques or exclusivity. May we be open to diversity of gender, race, socioeconomic status and age in such a way that reflects your Kingdom and our city. And may Christ within us be irresistible.
For our city:
We ask that our group would be an asset to our church and to our city as well. May we be agents of reconciliation, joining you in your on-going work of reconciling the world to yourself. As we see turmoil in cities around the country and around the world, we humbly ask that you would work in our city in a great way. And if our city faces troubles ahead, give us courage to stand for justice and righteousness. May we love and serve our city well.