DAILY PRAYERS: Saturday, January 18, 2014 — Day 1 of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Theme for the Day:  Together…we are called to be saints

Scripture Readings: Exodus 19:3-8; Psalm 95:1-7; 1 Peter 2:9-10; Matthew 12:46-50


Together, we who call upon the name of the Lord are called to be saints “sanctified

in Christ Jesus” (1 Cor 1:2). In Exodus, this gathering together of God’s people is

described as a treasured possession, a priestly kingdom and a holy nation.

In 1 Peter, our membership in this communion of saints is understood to come as a

result of God calling us together as a chosen race, a royal priesthood, God’s own

people. With this calling comes a shared mandate to proclaim the mighty acts of

God that drew us out of darkness and into God’s light.

Furthermore, we discover in Matthew that as a communion of saints, our oneness

in Jesus is to extend beyond our family, clan, or class as together we pray for unity

and seek to do the will of God.


What does the term “communion of saints” mean for you or for your church


In what ways does our calling to be a “holy nation” compel us to go beyond our

local Christian setting?


Merciful God, together with all those who call on the name of the Lord, in our

brokenness we hear your call to be saints. Yet you have made us a chosen race, a

royal priesthood, a holy nation. By the power of your Holy Spirit, draw us together

in the communion of saints and strengthen us to do your will and to proclaim the

mighty acts of Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Week of Prayer 2014