A Prayer for Christian Unity (Calvin)

Here’s an excellent prayer by John Calvin for genuine Christian unity. As we look forward to corporate worship on the Lord’s Day tomorrow, may this be our prayer:

Grant, Almighty God, that as we are so scattered in our pilgrimage in this world, that even a dreadful spectacle is presented to our eyes, when we see your Church so miserably rent asunder — O grant that being endued with the real power of your Spirit, and gathered into one, we may so cultivate brotherly kindness among ourselves, that each may strive to help another, and at the same time keep our eyes fixed on Christ Jesus.

And though hard contests may await us, may we yet be under his care and protection, and so exercise patience, that having finished our warfare, we may at last enjoy that blessed rest which you have promised to us, and which is laid up for us in heaven, and which has also been purchased for us by the blood of Christ your Son, our Lord. Amen.

The above quote is found in Ritzema, Elliot, ed. 400 Prayers for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2012. Print.

Shane Lems
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Hammond, WI, 54015