"I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me." John 17:22-23 NIVAction: Pray for two churches other than your own
Unification comes in looking at the commonalities. Jesus is the only Lord and Savior of the world! We are all created in God's image for His glory because and only because He loves us and chose to create us. The divisions we perpetuate keep others from seeing The Truth and seeing why they need a Savior! I want to worship and grow as a disciple of Christ in a church that looks like the demographic of where I live! This is what God has placed on my heart. We don't have all the answers but I do know that God wants us united for His purpose. The unification that Jesus speaks about in John 17:22-23 supercedes all worldly perceived divisions. We are ONE church, serving ONE Lord...Jesus Christ!
In addition to praying for our own churches, let's start by praying for 2 churches that are not our own! Better yet, start praying for a church in another Christian denomination or some other major difference than the one you currently attend. God will unite us in the heavenly realm. What man has tried to separate, God will unite! He has all the power! However, Jesus did ask us to go into all nations and make disciplines. Let's go together! As One!
"Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free —and we were all given the one Spirit to drink."
"There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."
"So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."