Cry Out for Restored Love and Unity in Churches, Denominations and Families

That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me (John 17:21, see also 13:34-35; 15:12; 17:20-22; Acts 2:1, 42-47; 1 Cor 1:10)

It is God’s heart desire that His people live in powerful love and oneness to the glory of His name. With God, everything is about relationships! We must remember that the two great commandments are “loving God with all our hearts” and “loving our neighbors as ourselves.” (Mat 22:38-39) It is further clear that love and unity between believers is key to an empowered witness to a lost world. (Jn 13:34; 17:21) While loving unity brings God glory, bickering among believers horribly profanes His name and grieves His Spirit.

In Scripture, there is no doubt that right human relationships are crucial to right relationship with God and answered prayer. (Mat 5:23-24, 6:14-15; Mk 11:25) In virtually all historic awakenings, reconciled relationships and families were central elements. This element is even more crucial for today’s fractured society! With so many churches and families divided, revival must surely involve a flood of reconciliation and godly love. Make no mistake — praying God’s heart means passionate intercession for Christian unity and reconciled relationships. It also means embracing the specific biblical steps for restored love and unity (Mat 5:23-24, 6:14-15, 18:15-17).

  • Holy Father, we praise You that we have the power for true oneness. Please move us to embrace loving unity in our churches and deep harmony between our churches. Fill us with supernatural fellowship in You. Help us tear down the strongholds of bickering and disunity that so ravage our churches, denominations and families. Move us to ask forgiveness of everyone we have offended and extend forgiveness to all who have offended us. Forgive us for saying things in person, in print or on-line that profane Your name before a watching world we are supposed to reach. Fill us with a loving unity that draws the lost and glorifies Christ.
  • Lord, I fully repent of ignoring my broken and damaged relationships. I now covenant to forgive and reconcile all damaged relationships. I commit to unify and strengthen my family through prayer. As a church, we commit to embrace loving fellowship and biblical reconciliation with one another. Lord, we trust You to fill us with a spirit of love, forgiveness and right relationships with others.

(Praying God’s Heart in Times Like These! “A Covenant to Seek the Reviver Not Just Revival, © Dr. Gregory Frizzell, 2009,,, by permission from the author. Download Covenant)

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