It is so important to pray for the church you attend. Apostle Paul on several occasions prayed for the different churches he wrote letters to. Some of these instances can be seen in: 2 Thessalonians 1:11, Colossians 1:9-10, Ephesians 1:16-17, Romans 15:14-33, Philippians 1:9-11.
When it comes to praying for your church, keep in mind that it is the people (you and the others who attend) that make up the church. The Apostle, Elder, Pastor, Evangelist etc on their own can not constitute a church. To this end, when you pray for the church, you are praying not just for yourself but for the community you fellowship with.
If you think about it, not praying for your church is somewhat unfair and careless. Just a glance at the church (whatever church you attend) and you will see possible prayer points literally scattered around.
In recent times, God has laid in my heart the need to pray for my church and I am happy to share some of what I will be praying about here but bear in mind that it will not be a one off prayer. We need to continually pray for our churches during our personal devotions, prayer groups, prayer meetings etc.
Below is a guide on how I will be praying:
1. Pray for a revival in the church.
Psalm 85:6, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Habakkuk 3:2, Psalm 51:10, Acts 3:19, Psalm 19:7
We need a spiritual revival. So many of us have become so laid back in our walk with God. We have forgotten where God brought us from and where or what we could have been. A spiritual revival is the greatest need of the church of today. Churches have been overshadowed by worldliness and our prayer lives are at an all time low. We need the Holy Spirit to light a fire in us. Generally speaking, people attend churches on Sundays for show whereas prayer meetings and calls for evangelism are so poorly attended. There is a lack of love and oneness. We need God to awaken us, we need our dry bones to live again. We need to be on fire for God. We need an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We need true repentance not self deception.
2. Pray For The Aged and Elderly
1 Thessalonians 5:16, Psalm 26:20, Romans 8:32, Philippians 4:19, Psalm 5:11, Psalm 46:1
I don’t know any one who wants to die young, if we have our way, we would live long enough to see our children’s children at the very least. It is never about how long we live, how we lived and our relationship with our creator is much more important. Pray that the elderly in your church will continue to remember the faithfulness of God and how he has been loving and faithful time and time again. Pray for God’s provision, Let their children and caretakers show them grace and let God supply their needs till they are called home. Pray for their eternity, at the end of their journey on earth they shall be ushered into eternal glory, let God keep them in the faith and let them flourish. Also pray that their old years would be peaceful. Let them let go of grudges, bitterness and guilt as they hold fast to God given joy, peace and laughter.
3. Pray that our churches will stay true to the message of God as contained in the Bible .
2 Timothy 4:2-3, 2 Timothy 3:1-17, Jude 1:3-4
Whether or not it is convenient especially in today’s society, we need the courage and boldness to stand up for the truth. Let the church ignore worldly sentiments and be committed to teaching the truth.
4. Pray For The Various Departments (Units) of The Church.
1 Corinthians 16:15, James 3:13, James 2:18
Pray that the members of each unit of the church serve wholeheartedly and that those who have not repented should have life changing encounters with God. Pray that their services in the house of God will not be in vain. Ask for God’s blessings upon them. As you pray, you can call the various departments/units by name e.g Ushering, Media, Choir, Sanitation, Women, Youths, Children, Security, Prison outreach etc.
5. Pray for The Leaders In Your Church.
2 Corinthians 4:1, 1 Corinthians 4:1-3, Exodus 33:13, 1 Timothy 5:17, Acts 6:4, Titus 1:7, 1 Timothy 3:8-9, Acts 6:3, 1 Peter 5:2-3.
They go by various names in various churches. There are Apostles, Elders, Deacons, Deaconesses, Pastors, Sunday School Teachers etc
Pray that they can serve God with sincerity, passion and dedication. When things get tough especially in the ministry, Let God keep them in the faith. As they lead in various aspects, let them find favour in the sight of God and let their services be pleasing and acceptable to God. Ask God to bless the works of their hands, let their careers and families flourish. Let their households be blessed with joy, comfort, laughter and peace. Let their spouses and children be sources of joy, comfort and peace. Let them be bold as lions as they stand up for the truth, let them lead and teach in love and truth. Let them show commitment, grace, generosity and kindness, Let the spirit of God guide them in all that they do, give them shepherd hearts to enable them guide the church and let their lives be rooted in Christ.
6. Pray For The Children In Your Church.
Proverbs 20:11, Ecclesiastes 12:1, Psalm 71:17, 2 Timothy 2:22, Proverbs 1:10
Pray that the children in your church will grow in God’s grace and favour. Pray that they will remember their creator in the days of their youth. Let them chase after the kingdom of God and let God sustain them till they are old. Pray for their parents/guardians and caregivers, ask God to provide for them and give them the wisdom needed to bring up the children in the fear of the Lord. Pray for God’s protection over them as they go to school, parks etc.
7. Pray for Financial Blessings.
2 Corinthians 9:6-12, Deuteronomy 8:18, Proverbs 10:22, Psalm 145:15
Pray for God to empower you and other members of the church financially so that in turn you can sponsor church projects and show generosity to those in need.
8. Pray For More Souls To Be Added To The Church.
Acts 2:47, Acts 4:4, Acts 6:7
Pray for growth through evangelism. As you preach and share the gospel of Christ, Let souls be converted, let sinners repent and let them join the church. Also let our actions win over people to God’s kingdom. Help us to be real ambassadors of Christ in all facets of life. Ask God to give you and other members of the church a genuine passion for lost souls and ask for boldness to preach the word just like the Apostles of old.