Police often have a mutual agreement with neighboring city’s police force called a “Interjurisdictional Agreement” which means if a suspect flees the police in one city into another, that other department picks up the pursuit.
Yet Christianity should opperate similarly in this way:
(Jeremiah 29:7) Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
Multifaceted applications lie in this verse, for one, as it relates to just Christians, you can pray for churches and denominations within the Christian faith that you may not even belong to. If the Christians in the Church down the road or across the country prosper spiritually, then so do you!
(1 Corinthians 12:26-27) If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
Even if you think a denomination in Christianity is suffering through bad theology or compromise with sin, then intercede to the Lord of the Church so he may restore the sinning brethren or confused in the scriptures, but do not seek to be divisive! After all if one branch of the Vine looks shriveled or weak then won’t the lost in the realm of the unredeemed accuse the whole Vine as being flawed? And this is not honoring to Christ, the vine, nor those who are his branches intended to bear fruit.
The goal is love: Love does not promote error or agree with sin, however, it does not seek to slander or tear down another but delights in repentance and or growth in “grace and knowledge of the truth” yes, “Grow in the grace and knowledge of the truth” (2 Peter 3:18)
Here are also some divisions, some are just differences in theology and not black and white right or wrong or departure from core truth:
Armenian vs Calvinist (Reformed Theology)
Charismatic vs Baptists
Cessationists vs those who believe that certain spiritual gifts stl are active.
Born again Catholica va Born again Protestants.
Born again liberal Christians vs born again conservative Christians.
[Now of course I am not a liberal in my view of certain scriptural teachings- Yet I have had conversations with more liberal Christians but I did not doubt their salvation even though on some things I disagreed with their reasoning] I also am not a total cessationist except for the fact that I do not believe modern, “Apostles” exist: because the original Apostles were like the original founding fathers, both roles cannot be recreated. I believe in apostleship as a spiritual gift not as a title or office. The Apostles were directly commissioned by Christ and were the appointed catalysts to get the early church in the air but now that this machine is running, apostolic gifts are more like that of “Church planters” or those who oversee many churches they helped establish, kind of like that of the role of a regional manager in a corporation, but in the church the apostolic gift is similar in the sense from my scriptural knowledge, that such people with this gift have the Spirit’s equipping to do the tasks that involve church establishment.
The whole point is, praying for the well being of the Church, even one’s that have fallen into serious error, not mere denominational differences, is important because:
(1 Peter 4:7-8) The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
And “The prayer of a righteous person availeth much” James 5:28
(James 5:13-16) Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
And now if a church is sick? Or if a congregation of professing followers of Jesus have sinned, shouldn’t a prayer also be lifted up?
How this applies on a national level is similar, so we must also intercede for leaders, citizens, authorities, rich people and poor, and all men and women.
(1 Timothy 2:8) Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.
(1 Timothy 2:1-5) I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,