Question for the Fort McMurray Ministerial Association of Churches

The way I understand it, part of what the Fort McMurray Ministerial Association of Churches does is meet together on a regular basis and among other things, pray regularly for other churches in the area. Last week the prayers were for the parish of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, and this week [the 28th] we are to be praying for St. Paul’s Catholic Church. I think this is a fantastic idea. My only question is; what exactly are they praying for? What do they want me praying for?

Should I be praying that the Catholic Churches increase in influence and numbers? Do they desire me to pray that their evangelistic efforts would be successful, and that they would have sweeping revivals? Should I pray that the lost sheep come home to Mother Mary and would become rededicated and fiercely committed to the tenants of the Roman Catholic faith? Should we pray that charismatic leaders rise up within the Church, such as had done during the Council of Trent and the counter-reformation of the late 16th and early 17th century, and whereby such figures as Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila, and John of the Cross gained prominence and success? Should we pray that they would have more success in upholding and preaching the decrees of the Council of Trent, specifically canons 9, 12, 14, 23, and 24? Should we pray that they would incur more devotion to the Pope? How about more Catholic Mystics? More faithful attendance at mass and of the partaking of the sacraments? More acquiescence to the Magesterium? More conversions out of protestantism and more conversions back to Rome? Should I pray that they become more deeply entrenched in a system of justification that denies we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for the glory of God alone, as revealed in scripture alone?

As a child of the reformation, what am I to pray for regarding the Roman Catholic Churches?

One thought on “Question for the Fort McMurray Ministerial Association of Churches

  1. I think you should pray the same thing as you would pray for any church that doesn’t give you a specific request. That the members would grow closer to Christ, that they would live their lives following His teachings and that one day, we may all meet at the final Banquet Table.

    Eccumenism is a wonderful thing in some regards. It doesn’t mean that we’re all going to agree on everything (and I don’t think it should). It also doesn’t mean that we blindly accept each other and ignore the differences. When we have major differences, we do need to look at what we agree on. And I do think you disagree with this but, we are all still Christians. We all believe in Christ’s saving power, the Trinity, the resurrection of Christ, his supremacy as the only way, truth and life. While there are major differences, often, in day to day life, it is not always the time nor the place to talk about them. Relationships matter and building them on an angry front, or even just a confrontational one, doesn’t do much.

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