I Have Thousands of Brothers and Sisters (Nate)

On Wednesday night, thousands gathered on the South side of Chicago for the seventh gathering of Pray Chicago. This city-wide movement seeks to stir God’s people for prayer – individually, in our churches, in our communities, and together as a city. The goal is not “big prayer meetings”, but cultivating a culture of prayer together, trusting that God will move in our city, relationships will be built, and partnership will be forged.

As we participated in movements of worship and prayer together, I was reminded yet again of the Big Mission that God is doing and has invited us to participate in – His reconciling the world to Himself – and the Big Family that He has put us in to do it. It can be easy to forget this…

When the world tells us that we are too unrelated to be family…

When our flesh tells us to prefer only those who we are comfortable with…

When the enemy tells us that it is not possible to be unified across our differences…

But, when we stand together in worship and prayer, exalting Jesus and setting our eyes on Him and what He is doing, I know that we really are the Church — the Family — the Body of Christ. This is the unity that Jesus prayed for in John 17:

“…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.”

There are great things happening in our city. There are great people living out the love of Jesus. There are thousands of brothers and sisters who we get to do this Big Mission together with. Let’s continue to believe in the power of unity, that we might proclaim the beauty of Jesus to the world.

– Nate Tubbs

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