?They will work spiritual revolutions through their mighty praying.? –E.M. Bounds
Three weeks ago, we encouraged everyone to join us in praying to God for a revolution in the world, our country and our localities. ?The first week our focus was to pray for God?s kingdom rule to come to the world; the second week our focus was the persecuted church. ?Last week we focused on praying for the United States and our own localities. ?This week we want to pray for our church.
Paul regularly interceded for churches. ?In almost every one of his letters he shares how he thanks and prays for each of the churches. ?For example in Ephesians 1 Paul prays:
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might. ?(Ephesians 1:16-19)
Paul prayed the Ephesians would know Christ more, have a deeper hope of seeing Jesus, realize that the saints are God?s inheritance and be assured of God?s infinite power toward his them.
Let?s pray for our local churches this week. ?Here are some suggested prayers:
Lord Jesus, thank you for the grace you?ve poured out upon our church. ?All glory goes to you for every good thing in our church, for you have accomplished it all.
Thank you for giving us love for you and for one another. Thank you for the grace of serving you?ve given our church. Thank you for all your care, protection and provision over the years. Thank you for leading us and guiding us into sound doctrine and giving us an understanding of the Gospel.
Please let us grow in the knowledge of you. Please open the eyes or hearts to see the height, width, breadth, and depth of your love for us, your incomparable power toward us, and the hope of our calling. Cause us to abound in thankfulness and love.
Please pour out your Holy Spirit on us, and give us gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. Let us all say every Sunday, ?Surely the Lord is among us.?
Please cause us to walk in a manner worthy of the gospel and bear much fruit for you. ?Please help us to worship you wholeheartedly with our lives and our mouths. Please let us bring you glory, Jesus. Please use us to share the gospel with thousands and please bring thousands into the kingdom through us.
Please save every child, young and old, of every family in the church. ?Give every parent grace and wisdom. ?Bless the Children?s Ministry – every teacher and helper and child. ?Thank you for everyone who serves in this way.
Please bless the single adults, and college students in our church. ?Use them for your glory.
Please pour out healing on everyone in our church who is sick. ?Please provide our daily bread – provide jobs for all who need them.
Please deliver us from sin and temptation. Please keep us pure, holy and humble. Please cause our love and affection for one another to abound and overflow.
Please help, guide, anoint and protect our pastors and raise up many more laborers for the harvest, and leaders in our church. Please give us many more servants and children’s ministry teachers and workers.
Let’s pray for God to do great things for his own glory.? He’s lavish and generous and does far more than week can think, ask or imagine.