November 3, 2017 Eric Blauer

The Jesus Prayer of Unity

Martin Luther on meditating on the Scripture:

Secondly, you should meditate, that is, not only in your heart but also externally, by
repeating the written words externally and rubbing them (like a herb for its flavor),
reading and re-reading them with diligent attention and reflection, so that you may
see what the Holy Spirit means by them…” -LW 34:286 (WA 50:659)

“Rubbing them, like a herb for its flavor”…that phrase has perfectly described the result of my sermon study of late.

I end up at prayer.

I am pulled into the prayer of Jesus and the heartbeat of the Apostles and early church voices, as i’ve been working through text and testimony from ancient to modern times in my study and preparations for a new sermon series called: ‘The Household of Faith: Always Reforming’.

This series aims to familiarize people with the core beliefs of the Historic Church and how they shape and inform the belief, worship and practice of Jesus followers today. There are obvious historic differences and divisions in the history of the Church and we must be aware of those disagreements, distinctions and debates but work and witness for the unity of the faith in the Son of God. In this series I will dig into those matters as we seek to root our understanding of the Church in the Scriptures, in light of the witness and traditions of the past and the monumental changes that resulted in the Reformation.

Below is a prayer I wrote that arose out of reading and praying these scriptures. I offer it up as a help for others who may also feel the burden and blessing of standing for the unity of the faith in a time when so many stand in unwilling dialogue, unyielding disagreement and witness wounding division.

Ephesians 4:1-6 “…live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 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.”

The Jesus Prayer of Unity:

Father,

“I do not ask for these only,

but also for those who will believe in me

through their word,

 

that they may all be one,

just as you, Father, are in me,

and I in you,

that they also may be in us,

so that the world may believe

that you have sent me.

 

The glory that you have given me

I have given to them,

that they may be one

even as we are one,

 

I in them and you in me,

that they may become perfectly one,

so that the world may know

that you sent me

and loved them

even as you loved me.

 

Father, I desire that they also,

whom you have given me,

may be with me where I am,

to see my glory

that you have given me

because you loved me

before the foundation of the world.

 

O righteous Father,

even though the world does not know you,

I know you,

and these know

that you have sent me.

 

I made known to them your name,

and I will continue to make it known,

that the love with which you have loved me

may be in them,

and I in them.”

-Jesus (John 17:1, 20-26)

My Prayer in response: 

Father,

Today, I believe in You,

Because of Your Word,

Spoken and Written.

 

I will look for the the Spirit of Christ

in those whom I meet today,

May I speak and act,

from the posture of union with God,

from which, true and meaningful

communion arises.

 

I desire this,

because in the witness of our unity,

those who do not believe,

may see and believe.

 

We stand today,

in the glory of God,

the very presence and power of Christ,

through the Spirit,

by the Word,

gathered as one.

 

In this unity,

may we know the love of the Trinity,

beholding, receiving and releasing,

loved of God,

sent of God,

that those who know not God,

may.

 

Today,

let us see the glory of God,

in the face of Christ,

in the people and tasks before us,

in the knowledge that,

all things past,

all things present,

all things before us,

are born of love,

in the counsels of eternity,

before we have ever done one thing,

today.

 

May He who is righteous,

send us changed,

clothed and complete,

testimonies of Your work,

grateful to do,

in the light of,

what has been,

done.

 

As people of the Name,

let us proclaim,

the union of love,

known, tasted and shared,

from You, to You

and through You,

in all and for all,

amen.

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Eric Blauer I am barbarian, sage, saint, bard, husband and father. Bow my knee to only One, serve all, ruled by none.

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