Week 5: Receive Jesus’ Kingdom: REVIVAL and TRANSFORMATION of Your Territory
-assigned place or people group e.g. neighbourhood, local community, city, region
By Pastor Jamie Pryor, Canberra, ACT
Spheres of Influence: Tertiary Christian Education & Religion – Unity & Transformation
Intention: Grow in Unity
Biblical Promises: Psalm 133 (NKJV) – “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing— Life forevermore.”
Receive God’s Promises for Your Territory:
This scripture encourages us to dwell in unity. To dwell is to be in a place where you stay rather than a place you visit. The house we live in for example can be called a dwelling, somewhere where we stay. So what does this mean for us? Unity is the way we are asked to live.
At its core unity is about loving and valuing others, particularly believers. As once was said we need to learn to honour what we don’t prefer. If we are honest it is all too easy to live our lives around our preferences, the type of people we mix with, the type of church we are involved in keeping to our own generation and many other such examples.
The scripture encourages us, however, that as we live for others and dwell in unity the Lord commands the blessing. This is a pretty unique statement in scripture – where else does the Lord command the blessing? Put in other words this means that blessing and life forevermore are consequences when God’s people live together in unity.
Pray for REVIVAL and TRANSFORMATION:
• Thank you Jesus for your desire to see the church dwell together in unity. We ask that you forgive us where our attitudes have been parochial, where we have been jealous of others successes and we have not demonstrated your love to those who are different to us. We ask you to mold us into the part of your body that you desire us to be and that we will shine for your glory.
• Jesus, mobilise us to partner together with you in your transformation of Australia.
• We pray especially for all those leading, working in and participating in Education in Australia. We pray for just financing and godly curriculum. Open our hearts and minds to receive your understanding, Father and to be godly shepherds of Your purposes in this generation.
• We pray again today for (names………………) to be revived from death to new life in Jesus.
Activate God’s Promises in Your Territory:
Unite with other Christians in your neighbourhood/workplace/field and local congregations in your area as God’s one church in the region – taking responsibility to usher in Jesus’ kingdom values and activate God’s plans to bless those around you.
Coordinator Canberra Christian Network
Director of Unity College Australia